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Rights group pays fines to secure release of 5 prisoners

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—HUMAN Rights Defenders Organization of Nigeria (HURDON) has secured the release of five prisoners at the Federal Prisons, Okere, Warri, Delta State, by paying their fines.

Vanguard learnt the group, led by its national chairman, Sir Casely Omon-Irabor, visited the prisons on August 6, to look into the welfare of inmates, both those awaiting trials and convicts, when cases of  the freed prisoners, Ik Newstyle, Danjuma Usman, Babangida Karuna, Godbless Onesaweye and  Sunday Kuku were brought to its attention.

Sir Omon-Irabor, who spoke to newsmen later said he was happy to be counted among those who tried to assist humanity.

He commended the prison officers for putting in their best to comfort the prisoners, in spite of hazardous nature of their job and the difficult terrain they work, saying the government, both at the federal and state levels, as well as Non Governmental Organizations,  should come to the aid of the prisoners .

He promised that the organization would  henceforth visit the prison twice or thrice a year to ascertain the state of the prisons to sensitize the public that Nigerians live in prisons.

The Controller of the Federal Prisons,  Okere, commended the group for coming to look into the welfare of the inmates in the prisons, adding that the organization  surprised him with the payment of fines for the inmates to be set free.

He commended the federal government for its effort towards the feeding and clothing of the prisoners and also gave kudos to the NGOS and religious bodies that have one way or the order contributed greatly to the aid and support of the government in putting smiles on  the faces of the prisoners.


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