A 24-year-old suspect, David Duff, who has just freed from prison custody has revealed that the prison beds was deliberately infested with bugs by officials as a form of punishment for inmates and that no inmate was allowed to kill any bedbug behind the prison walls at Kirikiri Prison in Lagos.
LEADERSHIP gathered from the suspect that the bugs lived big and fat in the prison because they were untouchable by inmates because of the consequences that might follow their killings. He said if by chance an inmate killed any of the bugs, such inmate would be in serious trouble as such would be regarded as having committed murder which attracted severe punishment. Such punishment included washing of the toilets, hard labour or any other odd job available in the prison, for several weeks or months and the inmate would be isolated like a murderer.
David said, “If the bugs were biting someone, such an inmate would allow them to feast on him because ordinary allegation over threat to the bugs would be considered as murder by other inmates.”
Some of the inmates confirmed what David said and further hinted that was why within a few days stay in prison, an inmate got infested with skin diseases and no preventive method was put in place by the prison authorities.
David claimed that he heard it authoritatively that the prison officials took several years to groom the bedbugs and they did not like to hear that an inmate killed them.
David was arrested and charged before Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court for affray with four other suspects and was remanded in prison custody where he was then appointed as one of the leaders inside prison. He said he ended up spending eight months in custody where he was appointed as one of the pastors conducting services for the inmates.
The magistrate, Mr. L.K.J Layeni, had granted Duff bail but he was not able to meet the bail condition which made him to stay longer in prison.
However, he later fulfilled the bail condition, was released from custody and came for the trial from home.
The matter came up on Wednesday but it was further adjourned till 6 July, 2018.
When LEADERSHIP contacted some top prison officials, they admitted the place had bedbugs but that were not groomed and trained as the inmates claimed. They said the place attracted such things because of the poor surroundings and added that no prison authority would give such directive against the killing of the bugs because the inmates were human beings not minding that they were behind bars.
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