Nigeria: How Okah Is Causing Problems in Maiduguri Custodial Centre

29 January 2020

Maiduguri — The last may not have been heard about Charles Okah who was jailed for reportedly bombing the Eagle Square, Abuja, an hour before the Independence Day celebration of October 1, 2010.

Daily Trust investigations showed that Okah is in Maiduguri Maximum Security Custodial Centre where, according to impeccable sources, he has been causing 'trouble' for the wardens of the Correctional Service by leveling criminal allegations against them for their refusal to succumb to his proposals.

According to one of the sources, Okah has been in the habit of cajoling or threatening the inmates, officials and warders of the custodian center to agree to his wish, failing which he would 'fabricate lies' and send to an online media for publication, in a bid to incriminate them and get them fired.

The most recent instance, according to investigations, was when, the sources said, he placed a news story on an online media, alleging that the warders were torturing the inmates of the center for refusal to pay for bed spaces at the facility.

According to the sources, Okah had in November, 2019, planned to gather all the inmates of the center "either to revolt against the officials of the center or for other reasons he alone knows."

When, however, the officials and wardens would not agree to his plan, he 'fabricated a video footage', showing inmates chained and left in the courtyard to the mercy of the harmattan harsh cold to spend the night on pillory' for allegedly refusing to pay rent for the beds in the facility.

"Officials of this center have, fortunately, been scaling such incriminating hurdles this internationally notorious inmate has been placing before them because he is hell bent on tarnishing their image for their refusal to do his bidding," one of the sources said, stating, "this has been our plight with him."

"According to our new Correctional Act, 2019, which was signed by President Buhari, it is extremely forbidden for any official to torture any inmate in whatever circumstances, but should treat the inmates with humanness.

"Extortion of any kind, torture and any inhuman treatment is forbidden by the Act, and any official caught and confirmed to have perpetrated such can be dismissed," another source said.

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