As part of the program to celebrate 2017 World Human Rights Day, members of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda Agenda (HURMA), on Wednesday, paid a working visit to Ikoyi Prison, Lagos state.
During the visit, HURMA led by its National Convener/Executive Director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, donated food stuffs such as Rice, and others.
Speaking to the inmates facility’s church and mosque auditorium, on the objective of the group’s visit, Comrade Buna said the objective of the visitation, is willingness to offer free legal assistance to innocent inmates, who have overstayed and still awaiting trial.
The visitors who also visited the prison’s clinic, and expressed worries about the challenges face by the clinic workers, which includes overstretched work, due to the overcrowded environment with limited resources to work with, as expressed by the Head of Clinic, Mrs. Babatunde Catherine.
The group was also informed of the poor and unhygienic state of the overcrowded environment some privileged inmates, like the Church pastor, who expressed fear of lack of rehabilitation home to ultimately harbour the unfortunate inmates after serving their terms, but rather go back to the same frustrating environment that prompted them into crime.
As at the time of visitation, the group stated that the facility has total number of 2839 inmates which include 2339 awaiting trial matters (ATM) and 500 convicts.