Right Activist and Lead Counsel for EndSars Campaign, Abdul Mahmud says Nigerian Prisons are places where classes are stratified.
Mahmud said this in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle in reaction to Fisayo Soyombo undercover report about the shady dealings at the Ikoyi Prisons.
He said, “the Prisons panel investigating Fisayo’s expose submitted its report today. It is a whitewash. But the truth remains: our prisons have for ages been like the Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde wrote about: places of sodomy, pimping, drug trafficking. Name it.”
“They’re places where classes are stratified: you have upper class, middle class and lower class. Your social status before fate dealt you a blow determines your class inside the prison. You need the corrupt prison system to sustain your position behind the wall.”
“If you want to keep up with a healthy sexual life, the Prison system will arrange it for you. It is a wired relationship between the governor of the yard, chief warder and the chief nurse in charge of the infirmary: just complain of headache, pay a handsome bribe.”
The Prisons panel investigating Fisayo's expose submitted its report today. It is a whitewash. But the truth remains: our prisons have for ages been like the Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde wrote about: places of sodomy, pimping, drug trafficking. Name it.
— Great Oracle (Not by Affidavit) (@AbdulMahmud01) October 22, 2019
“You’ll be signed out to consult the government teaching hospitals and then the branching out for sex begins. Even if it is premium olosho you want, it’ll be arranged. But at a fee, outside the yard.”
“Government says it feeds prisoners with humongous sums. Well, if you want to die from kwashiorkor, go to our prisons. But you can stay alive by bribing the Prison system: everyday meals will be served from outside. Even from Sheraton.”
“If you can’t afford outside meals, bribe warders to smuggle money for you into the yard. With what you have you can arrange the kitchen prisoners to serve you “good meals”. But, be smart!”
“Same warders who smuggled money into the yard will alert the chief warder and your cell will be raided and the money seized. A warder tried to outsmart late Bamidele Aturu (bless his soul) and me in Kirikiri in 1991. No sooner he delivered the money, our cell block was raided.”
“I knew we were the target. As the raiders were on the outer wing of the cell block, I slipped into nature. See same cell you sleep in, is same cell you answer the ancestors. I slipped the wads of notes into the poo bucket and answered my ancestors on top of them.”
“The smell stopped them from entering our cell until I finished. When they entered the cell, the wads couldn’t be found to their disappointment. They were simply shocked. Next day, the prisoners we were paying to serve us washed the wads. Life continued until our release!”
“Unfortunately, manuscripts and diary entries on my prison experience were seized by Abacha’s DMI in 1996. I lost valuable materials that documented a part of my growing up: detention.”