Prison Service Reacts To Detention Of Woman Who Delivered In Prison Following Arrest During EndSARS

The Nigerian Correctional Service, Ondo State Command has weighed in on the matter of Kemisola Ogunniyi who delivered her baby in prison after she was arrested 8 months ago for her involvement in EndSARS protest.

According to a statement released by the command through Babtunde Ogundare, the public relations officer, the above mentioned woman was remanded on the orders of the court.

It said,

“The lady in question was remanded in the female custodial facility by a court of competent jurisdiction on the 24th November 2020, for conspiracy, arson, riotous assembly, stealing, and malicious damage and the matter was subsequently adjourned to 8th December 2020 for hearing, and further adjourned to 9th March 2021.

“She was 2 months pregnant when she was remanded in the facility and all necessary medical cares and legal attention needed was accorded accordingly within the ambit of the operational orders of the service. Her families and legal representatives were given access to visit her as well.

“She fell into labor on Tuesday 15th June 2021, and she was immediately moved to the Ondo state basic health center for delivery and she delivered her baby on the 16th June 2021 around noon.

“She was hale and hearty with the baby and subsequently discharged and was taken back to the facility for further care.

“It is very expedient for the general public to know that the Nigeria Correctional Service will not unlawfully hold down any inmate without the order of court and the need to disregard the viral pictures and deceitful information emanating in the social media in other to discredit the service.

“While assuring the public of the commitment of officers and men of the command to the care and support for Inmates in custody, the state controller Barr. Suanu D Kinane wishes to state that the service is community friendly and will not act contrary to the operational orders and constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“She is hale and hearty with her baby in the facility pending the determination of her case before the court of competent jurisdiction.”

On 24th October, 2020, Kemisola Ogunniyi was arrested and imprisoned in Akure while en router to a pharmacy to buy drugs for her mother.

She was arrested by the police who said she was one of the participants of the #EndSARS protest in the state.

The police alleged that she was one of the #EndSARS protesters who burnt the office of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state last year.

Source: Newzandar News

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