Nigerian Prison service partners with Foundation on prison decongestion

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Nigeria prison Service has agreed to with work in synergy with Ambassador Queen Worlu Foundation and explore means and ways to foster prison decongestion and facilitate speedy dispensation of justice in Nigeria.

The duo made the commitment during the courtesy visit of the board of Trustees of the Ambassador Queen Worlu Foundation to the Kuje Prison in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Ambassador Queen Worlu Foundation is a non-profit, non- governmental Organisation aimed at reaching out to the less privileged in the society.

Speaking during their visit to the Kuje Prison, the Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Sam Worlu said their visit was part of the line up of activities for the official launching of the Foundation on 6th of July this year.

The Chairman appealed to the management of the service on behalf of the foundation to work with them assiduously especially with regards to the cases of those who are waiting for trials.

Mr Worlu explained that, “the few cases that we have handled in the past were on the recommendation of your people, my secretary talk about some of the young boys that were able to intervene in their cases; some people are taken to court and then are reminded in prison. They have no lawyer, they don’t understand even I, I have a thirty five years university degree that I don’t understand what they do in the court. Sometimes you can imagine a young boy who has no legal representation is in court, so we will like to know if there are such cases. I spent twenty four years in law enforcement so I don’t have interest in protecting somebody who has broken the law to make it clear but we will like to know if there are people who are here just because they can’t get justice so that we can help them.”

“There is a judge who is being working with us and he informed us that there are people who are in prison because they can’t pay thirty thousand naira fine or twenty thousand naira fine. We will like to know of such cases. But somebody fine that is twenty million naira, we may not be able to pay but if it is a small sum of money that we can set someone free we will like to know about such cases,” he explained further.

Mr. Worlu also hinted that the foundation which is five months and will be officially launched on July, 6th this year will be used to mark the first anniversary of the death of his wife who passed away last year.

Mr Worlu’s late wife, Queen Worlu was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe before her death.

He further revealed that, “but since March we have been to the Abuja school for the blind children in Jabi to visit them, pass on whatever we can to them. We have been to the Hope for the Survival Orphanage in Gishiri and last month we went to the Asokoro general hospital to also visit the sick and we are here today to extend our wishes to the inmates, brought them some few things that can help make their stay little bit comfortable .”

The Chairman also disclosed that apart from the food items they donated to the inmates, the foundation has also pledged the sum of one hundred and thirty thousand naira for ten of the inmates who are interested in improving their educational qualification to register for JAMB.

Mr. Worlu who appealed to other well-meaning Nigerians to follow suite added that resources are never enough for government alone to carry out such task.

“But I think government can always do more. We are here as private individuals to contribute our quota like I said my wife always thought about people, she was a preacher to gospel. So she always thought of people incarceration. I also for five years now trying to help those who had been detained especially those that have been detained unjustly,” he explained.

Earlier, the Acting Head of the Kuje Prison, CSP Audu Eyenu who assured of the service collaboration thanked the Chairman of the foundation to have sustained the project in which his wife started before she pass on by identifying with the less privileged in the society.

“We thank you because these inmates, federal government alone can’t do it. In the past we close our door and we saw the effects of it especially with the present Comptroller general who is really doing well and encouraging in the direction that the less privileged will be better after their discharge,” said Eyenu.

“So we welcome this kind of gesture in the area of giving them skills acquisition, providing them things that would help them and religious and moral teaching especially educational background that at the end of their discharge here they will become useful to the society,” he urged.

The Acting Head of the service assured the foundation that their door would be available at all times to give them the necessary support and cooperation needed that would enable them sustain the project.