Just In: 4 Dead, Many Injured In Ikoyi Prisons
At least four inmates have reportedly been killed in an electrocution incident at the Ikoyi custodial facility, Lagos state, Southwest Nigeria. Details surrounding the incident are still unclear, but an eyewitness told reporters that the deaths occurred early Monday morning, December 2. Many others, with various degrees of injuries, were said to have been rushed to the hospital unconscious.
According to reports, The unnamed victims were said to have been electrocuted at the B Ward (B4) cell. Ikoyi prisons has 6 wards namely, Wards A, B, C, D, E and F. It was gathered that the inmates died while having the breakfast served to them by authorities of the prison. When contacted, spokesman for the Ikoyi prisons, SP Rotimi Oladokun, declined comments. He subsequently hung up on our reporter and switched off his phone. But an official of the prisons, who craved anonymity for fear of being victimized, blamed the incident on negligence on the part of the chief warden, Julius Abosede. The chief warden was informed of the electric issues before this morning incident. He failed to do the needful simply because he felt the inmates numbering over 130, were lying”. Julius Abosede (chief warden) is the most corrupt person in Ikoyi prisons. As a yard keeper, he is aware of the partial shocking incidents before it led to this major one that claimed lives. He (chief warden) once told the inmates to bring money for the repairs. The cell that the incident occurred was built to take only 30 inmates but currently has over 130 inmates. The prison facility was built to house just 800 inmates. But the Ikoyi Correctional facility presently has over 3,000 inmates as we speak. The official further disclosed that the Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos state command, Noel Ailewon, had visited the scene of the incident. He (Noel Ailewon) carried out an on-the-spot assessment this morning. He also talked about decongesting the highly congested situation of the prison,” the official added.