My 10-year prison experience pathetic, says ex-inmate

A former inmate, recognized merely as Femi, has revealed why he needed to spend 10 years in Kirikiri Jail, Lagos State.
Femi, who was incarcerated for theft, urged Nigerians to do every thing to keep away from crime.
After 10 years in jail, Femi was discharged and acquitted for lack of proof. He disclosed that dangerous buddies on Lagos Island destroyed his dream of turning into a banker and led him into crime.
Femi (33) spoke lately at an occasion organised by the Jail and Hospital Ministry of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ogun Province four Headquarters, Redemption Camp, Ogun State.
Femi testified together with two others on the occasion, tagged: “Reigning in Eternal Dominion.”
He mentioned that he spent 10 years in jail for the crime he didn’t profit something from. He mentioned that the crime concerned stealing of jewelry.
Femi, who’s single, mentioned his ordeal began in June 2008 when he and a few buddies have been arrested at Lafiaji space of Island for allegedly stealing Jewelry within the neighbourhood. Femi and his buddies have been later found to have offered the objects.
He mentioned: “It occurred in 2008, at Lafiaji space. Three of us went to rob Mr. Ajibola of his jewelry. It was a good friend of mine that introduced the details about the jewelry to us.
“We succeeded within the operation, however we didn’t get sufficient cash in the home the place we went to rob the victims. We then determined to gather jewelry. We didn’t know that a few of the jewelry have been customised. The next day, we took the jewelry to a pawn store.
“We didn’t know that the proprietor had alerted the supposed purchaser and the police. Earlier than we knew what was occurring, three of us have been arrested and brought us to Lion Constructing Police Station. Police tortured me with a view to get me to admit our actions. They wished extra info, however I had nothing extra to present. Whereas additional interrogating me, certainly one of them shot me within the leg. I fainted instantly. I used to be rushed to the hospital the place I used to be later revived.”
He continued: “After I used to be revived, we have been transferred to the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) workplace at Ikeja, the place we spent a month, earlier than we have been taken to courtroom. It was from the courtroom that we have been taken to Kirikiri Medium Jail. There’s a faculty in jail for brand new inmates. In that faculty, inmates are taught find out how to relate with others.
“Every week after I acquired into the jail, the Redeemed Christian Church of God Jail and Hospital Ministry got here to the jail. We had a Bible class. The instructor, who used to take us in Bible courses, seen that every time he was instructing us, my thoughts used to wander off. The instructor got here to me one fateful day and requested me what my downside was. After I defined to him all I had gone by means of, he despatched for the principal of the varsity; this occurred 4 years after I had been in jail.
“I later registered for Basic Certificates of Schooling (GCE). Fourteen different inmates and I additionally registered for Nationwide Examinations Council (NECO).”
Femi mentioned that when the outcome ultimately got here out, he had six credit and by 2014, he acquired admission to check Enterprise Administration on the Nationwide Open College (NOUN). He defined that all through his keep within the jail, none of his members of the family got here to verify on him.
In response to him, his acquittal and subsequent launch from jail was nothing in need of miracle.
He added: “Throughout my keep in jail, my members of the family didn’t come to verify on me. It was a lawyer from RCCG that got here to my rescue. He was the person who acquired me launched from jail.
“Pastor Sam Coker, who additionally a lawyer, took up the case and in 2018, by God’s grace, I used to be discharged and acquitted. I spent 10 years and three months within the jail. I acquired into the jail on the age of 23. After I got here out, my members of the family nonetheless didn’t hassle about me.
“I imagine they didn’t go to me due to my conversion from Islam to Christianity. I used to talk with my mom on the cellphone.”
After his launch from jail, Femi mentioned Coker registered him in a shoe-cobbling centre. The person additionally assisted him in getting an condominium and positioned him on a month-to-month wage.
Femi mentioned: “I felt ashamed, discovering myself within the jail. It was nothing, however sheer greed that took me to jail. As a Christian, I imagine God has a means of doing issues. If I used to be not concerned within the theft and remanded in jail, I won’t have additional my training and in addition recognized Christ. God continues to be in command of every thing.”
When requested to explain his keep and life within the jail, Femi styled the Nigerian jail a dustbin.
He mentioned reflectively: “Whoever finds himself or herself in jail turns into alone. No household would come to go to you. You’ll have no proper to good meals. What they serve us is nothing to put in writing dwelling about. Your proper can be taken away and your motion will likely be restricted.
“It was pathetic in jail; individuals die every single day! No remedy is given when somebody falls sick. It was some church buildings and non-governmental organisations that used to help inmates. In 2008, after I first acquired there, there was nothing like borehole water. We drank from open properly. I’ll perpetually stay grateful to the Basic Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for the meals he at all times sends to us each Sunday.”
The Nationwide Chairman of the Jail and Hospital Ministry, Pastor Ariyo Popoola, whereas talking at a convention, which was held at Redemption Camp, Ogun State, mentioned the ministry was nonetheless funded 95 per cent by particular person members.
He mentioned: “Our theme for this 12 months’s convention is each prophetic and crammed with expectation for the ministry and the individuals we minister to; in prisons, police stations, remand houses, hospitals and previous individuals’s houses. We imagine that the Lord will intervene of their instances and that they’ll obtain Christ.”

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