. Says “He Hid SIM Card in His Underpants”
The Nigerian Prisons Service has dismissed claims by a suspect in the October 1, 2010 bombing, Henry Okah that warders tried to sodomize him. Okah had alleged through his lawyer, that some officials of the Prisons Service tried to sodomize him in the cell in where he is being held in Kuje Prison on July 3. Okah also went ahead to send a petition to the Comptroller-General of the NPS, Ibrahim Zakari who ordered an investigation into the matter.
The NPS however denied the claim in a statement signed by Ope Fatinikun, its Public Relations Officer. The statement issued on Sunday evening read in part :
“preliminary findings revealed that there was nothing to suggest or point to act of sodomy on Charles Okah by any prison official as alleged.
During a routine search, Charles Okah as usual refused to be searched. But when he eventually subjected himself to the search, one MTN SIM Card was found on him (under his pants) a Nokia C2 phone and a memory card were also discovered in an electric bulb fitting located on top of the concrete ceiling of his cell. Charles Okah has constantly exhibited bad conduct in his cell which is unacceptable to the management.”
The PRO also stated that at other instances, the prisoner had bridged electrical wire in his cell, which resulted in darkness throughout the entire penal institution.
He pointed out that in order to forestall the smuggling of handsets and other prohibited articles into the facility, searches are carried out periodically. It was also contained in the statement that such measures would be beefed up.
The service maintained that the claim, including allegation of extra judicial killing inside the prisons, were attempts by Okah to draw attention to himself and distract attention while he continues to subvert rules and regulation of the service”.