By Raji Adebayo, Ibadan
As a way of discongesting Agodi Prison, the Oyo State government in Conjunction with University Teaching Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, has commenced the process of releasing over 150 sick inmates.
Those that would benefit from the gesture are inmates awaiting trials, those who have concluded their cases and those who have been convicted.
The Attorney General of the State Mr. Olusegun Abimbola who stated this during a medical screening of the inmates held at the prison premises, said the process is to ascertain the medical fitness of the inmates and recommend to the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on the need to decongest the prison.
Abimbola disclosed that the state government’s prison intervention programme will help those who have concluded their jail term and those who have also concluded their cases to know their fate.
According to him, “the essence of this programme is to keep a very better environment and decongest the prison. 40 percent of the people here have completed their cases. This Agodi prison was built for just 350 and as at the last statistics we received from the prison, we have over 1200 here.
“We also come up with the prison intervention programme to listen to some of them and recommend to the state government on how to decongest the prison”, he stressed.
The chairperson of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Dr. Mosjisola Atalabi-Oladele disclosed that most of the inmates are suffering from skin diseases, tuberculosis and mal-nourishment.
She said the medical personnel have attended to over 150 inmates already, stressing that the over crowded of the prison responsible for the sickness.
The Deputy Control Prison Administration, Oyo state command, Mr. Omobitan Ademayokun who represented the controller of prison said the Oyo prison command through its counseling department and different religion bodies had rehabilitated many of the inmates, adding that the command treats them with respect.