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Group donates drugs, food items to Kirikiri inmates




IT WAS a touching moment for Kirikiri inmates; caregivers and visitors to the prison, when a Lagos based Human Right Advocacy Group ‘Crusade for Justice’ (CFJ) recently donated drugs and household items to the prisons.

The event, which revealed the despicable state of the reformatory centre, also provided the opportunity to highlight the impending dangers in the clinic located in the prison compound that is meant to attend to ailing inmates.

Apart from the high number of inmates, who are supposed to use the clinic, (over 1000 inmates) the clinic received drugs last from the government eight months ago.

The medical doctor of the prisons, Dr. Edward Hemeson, who expressed worries over the neglect and abandonment of the clinic by the government and humanitarian agencies, called for an urgent intervention to salvage the situation.

He said, “We are now more of miracle workers that medical workers. Government has not sent us drugs since over eight months. We only get relief from few individuals and donor agencies, which is not enough to take care of the medical needs of the inmates, who come up with one form of sickness or the other on daily basis.

During the visit, the team spoke with over 40 inmates, many of them awaiting trial. In the list were a man, who has been awaiting trial since 2004, and a 41-year-old inmate, who was brought into the prison when he was 29 years in 2003.

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