Prison authorities on Monday August 29, confirmed the death of an inmate at Kuje medium security custodial centre.
Earlier reports had claimed that the inmate died after he was not given immediate medical attention, leading to an unrest at the custodial centre.
Though a statement signed by a correctional service spokesperson, Chukwuedo Humphrey, was silent on the alleged unrest, it was however disclosed that “a peaceful prayer session” had been held in honour of the inmate.
The statement read;
“The inmate was admitted into Kuje custodial centre in 2019 and upon mandatory medical examination, he was diagnosed of some chronic ailments.
“He was immediately placed on special medical management by a combined team of medical personnel in the facility as well as occasional referals to the University of Abuja Teaching hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja when necessary.
“Unfortunately, when the inmate’s health deteriorated over the weekend, all effort by the medical personnel to resuscitate him failed.
“A peaceful prayer session is being organised by the staff and fellow inmates of the deceased for the repose of his soul.
“The Controller of the Command, Ahmed Musa Ahmed while expressing his condolences to the family and friends of the late inmate, reinstated his commitment to putting the health and general welfare of inmates and staff in the front bunner.
“He further advised those on special medical attention to ensure strict adherence to expert instructions to overcome health challenges since drugs are available to them at no cost.”