Wardens manning the Kuje Medium Security Prison in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, have begun to treat inmates better than before, an insider told FIJ.
This comes after FIJ reported how Ahmed Musa, controller of the FCT command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, stormed the prison on August 4 to beat and inflict bodily harm on some of the inmates.
In that report, FIJ detailed how feeding and welfare of the inmates worsened since the prison was hit by terrorists on the night of July 5. During the attack, several inmates escaped, while one security guard lost his life in an attempt to defend the facility.
The insider told FIJ on Wednesday that after FIJ’s report, wardens began to treat the inmates politely and reopened the prison’s welfare department, where inmates shop for upkeep.
“After your report, the officers became polite with the inmates,” the insider told FIJ. “Food did not improve, but the welfare department is now open for anyone that wants to buy things.
“Initially, that was what the inmates needed, because it is just a few persons that live off the food served in prison.”
The source also told FIJ that inmates expressed satisfaction with the changes, and that the harsh treatment from Musa ceased.
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