No Covid19 test, no jail: Nigerian prison rejects suspects without COVID test
Suspects without a COVID-19 test certificate will not be accommodated at Agodi Correctional Centre
The information was revealed by warders from the correctional facility in Oyo state.
This directive is coming as the country currently battles the second wave of COVID-19
Agodi Correctional Centre located in Ibadan, Oyo state has said no inmate without evidence of negative COVID-19 test certificate would be accommodated in its facility, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
This was made known by warders from the correctional facility after they brought three suspected hooligans to Grade A Customary Court.
The officials explained that they are following a directive that without the certificate no criminal would be imprisoned at the facility.
The defendants identified as Oluwaseun Ayola, 33, Yusuf Taofeek, 41, and Adetunji Adeyemo, 45, were remanded in the Mapo police cell in a ruling by the president of the court, Imoleayo Akinrodoye.
They are facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, willful obstruction, malicious damage, and road blocking.
Ayola and Taofeek pleaded guilty to the charges, but could not fulfil the bail conditions spelt out.
Meanwhile, federal government announced that 2,600 inmates would be freed from various correctional centres across the country as part of measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, made this known during a press conference in Abuja. The interior minister described the decongestion of the correctional centres as “a symbolic gesture of amnesty” from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The breakdown of prisoners released includes 10 inmates who had six months or less to the end of their 3-year sentence, while two others were pardoned due to age.
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