The inmates who are majorly from the Northern part of Nigeria were charged before Ogba Magistrate Court 18 for street trading. However, from our interview with them we discovered that most of them were just raided on the street and charged to court. More so, the few ones arrested for street trading were just poor people trying all they can to make ends meet. The most cruel thing is that the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officers who arrested them confiscated their goods which are worth more than N10,000 naira without any plan to return them to them after serving the jail terms or paying their fines.
The inmates who lamented on the terrible state of the prison regained their freedoms yesterday and vowed to return to their state where they would work without the fear of being arrested to avoid any future remand.
LEDAP, in its human rights drive, will launch on Dec 10, 2017, the World Human Rights Day a campaign for decriminalisation of petty offences. Reason is that many poor people are sent to prison custody for long for such misconducts as wandering, hawking ,person of no fixed address etc and when they mix with real criminals in the prison they gain disposition hardened criminality. In addition to violation of their rights in the process of long pre-trial custody.