The Nigerian Prisons (Lagos State Command) has debunked the notion that the Prisons are a mare warehouse for criminals and a dungeon as many have assumed it to be; but a place run as a genuine corrective institution where a substantial number of inmates have been certified on skill and vocation and ready to be integrated to the society.
A Superintendent of the Prisons, Mr Biyi Jeje spoke recently in the Premises of Ikoyi Prisons during a Vocation and Rehabilitation of inmates and inauguration of Ikoyi Prisons Football Academy by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in collaboration with Sisters Cities, a non-governmental Organisation.
Jeje noted that Ikoyi prison, which was built in 1955, has the capacity for 800 inmates but presently 2303 are being accommodated, whereas 1963 are still awaiting trials and 340 convicted of various offences. According to him, despite the large population, the system believes that the individual is better after the sentence having Educational and Vocational Skills instilled in them that make them self-relevant and law abiding after their discharge.
He said; “A substantial number of inmates have been certified in skill and vocation and ready to be integrated.”
Super Eagles Player, Joseph Yobo, who addressed the inmates promised to ensure that talents from the academy is strengthened by assisting them get into various football clubs. He expressed happiness that prisoners are well occupied with activities as against what he earlier thought of it.
Director of Sister City Vocation, Mrs Joy Nuniel said the Academy was setup to stop revisiting of inmates to prisons.
A Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, Julius Ezugwu, called on partners to create a platform for inmates by facilitating their discharge and giving them a lifeline upon discharge.