By Austin Ogwuda
Asabaâ€”Delta State chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has called on Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to look into the state of decay at the Remand Home, Sapele, where teenagers sent there for reformation were merely dumped without proper care.
The groupâ€™s head, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, said in a statement that â€œthe Remand Home, Sapele, was established in 1961 as a junior prison for juvenile offenders. We are pained to inform you that many subjects (inmates) of the Home who have pending cases in courts scattered all over the state are unable to attend court and, as such, remain in the Home for years rotting away.
â€œWe urge Delta State government to provide a vehicle for the subjects that would be conveying them to court on their court days. The Home currently lacks a sick bay for subjects and residents who are sick.
â€œThere are no teachers on hand to teach subjects and residents of the Home. One of the residents of the Home, aged 15 years, is a downs syndrome patient who was brought to the Home from Asaba by a sympathizer when she was then aged 12 years and currently needs special care which the Home cannot offer and we appeal to you for your urgent interventionâ€, the group stated.
It also called for the establishment of Delta State action plan committee for the protection of human rights, with chapters in each ward of the state, charged with the function of collating cases of human rights violations.
The group said such a committee would act as an advisory body to the state government to further enhance the peace and security agenda of the government.