No fewer than 85 fleeing inmates have returned to Owerri Correctional Centre which was attacked on the early hours of Monday by unknown gunmen, The PUNCH investigation has revealed.
Our correspondent recalls that 1,884 inmates were freed when the gunmen struck the Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri, respectively.
The attackers who razed no fewer than 50 vehicles also attacked a military base at Ukwuorji on the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway and burnt a soldier in a car before they fled.
But our corresponden’s investigation on Wednesday revealed that 85 inmates had voluntarily returned to the Correctional Centre.
The National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Correctional Service had told our correspondent on Tuesday evening that 57 inmates had returned to the centre.
But a check by our correspondent on Wednesday showed that more fleeing inmates had returned to the Centre increasing the number to 85.
Further investigation by The PUNCH revealed that none of the hardened criminals had returned to the Centre.
Also, none of the inmates who were sentenced to death and and on life imprisonments had returned to the Centre.
A source at the Centre who confided in our correspondent said “we now have about 85 inmates as our custody this Wednesday afternoon. We are hopeful that more inmates would return. Though the number has not been made public but I can confirm that as of this afternoon we now have about 85 inmates.
“While some returned on their own accord, others were brought by their lawyers and family members. We are very hopeful that more inmates will come back on their own. This is just a reformative centre and we hope that those of them who have turned new leaf will come back on their own.”
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Centre, James Madugba, said that he could not immediately confirm the actual number of inmates who had returned.
He, however, said that no fewer than 60 inmates had returned to the Correctional Centre.
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Ugwuanyi Campaigns Against Gender-Based Violence In Enugu State
Ugwuanyi’s wife campaigns against gender-based violence in #Enugu State
…scales up awareness on yellow fever, COVID-19 vaccination
The wife of the Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi, on Wednesday, rounded off her state and zonal campaigns against gender-based violence, calling for an all-inclusive and sustained crusade to stem the tide of domestic violence, sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, public harassment, among other forms of violence against women in the society.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi who also used the events to scale up awareness on yellow fever and the importance of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination, described gender-based violence as barbaric and a violation of human rights.
Sensitizing women during the state flag off of the campaign against gender-based violence, held at Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, as well as the campaign in Enugu North, Enugu West and Enugu East senatorial districts, Mrs. Ugwuanyi lamented that the violent behaviour has eaten deep into the fabric of the society, adding that it cuts across most human societies, irrespective of gender.
According to her, “We know that not only women are victims of gender violence, some men are also beaten by their wives”.
The Enugu First Lady maintained that some children were being molested by their fathers and relatives and urged women to preach and sensitize the people against the ugly act.
She explained that the aim of the sensitization campaign was to enlighten the women of the three senatorial districts on the onerous task and counseled them to carry the crusade to churches, schools, families, workplaces, among others, stressing that women have the numerical strength to change the society for the better.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi equally harped on the importance of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and charged women to drive the campaign for the public to get vaccinated as a sure way of containing the pandemic.
Advising women to be respectful and avoid things that could trigger violence, the governor’s wife encouraged them to involve themselves in politics narrating that they have a lot to achieve if they unite and speak in unison.
“Let us come together and speak with one voice. We have the numerical strength, we can vote in our members provided we are united”, she said.
Also speaking, a Consultant, Public Health Physician, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Dr. Nwachukwu Ugwunna, who delivered a lecture on “The Current Wave of COVID-19 and Necessary Containment Measures”, revealed that the last COVID-19 lockdown created ample opportunity for people to assess the level of gender-based violence among families and the society at large.
Dr. Ugwunna maintained that the poverty and frustration engendered by the last the lockdown skyrocketed the level of gender violence within the family level.
“You know that the last COVD-19 lockdown brought poverty, frustration among families, unlike what it was where in the morning family members move to their different businesses and schools, this time family members did not go anywhere from morning till night, hunger, poverty became prevalent thereby resulting to violence”.
In his lecture on “Yellow Fever Symptoms, Prevention and Vaccination”, the Deputy Incident Manager, Emergency Operations Centre, Enugu State Ministry of Health, Dr. Uchechukwu Joel Okenwa, spoke on measures of checking the spate of the epidemic among the people.
Dr. Okenwa stated that yellow fever has claimed many lives in the society and urged the people to avoid anything that will make them prone to the disease, which he said, is caused by a particular species of night mosquito.
He therefore enjoined the people to keep their environment clean, clean gutters, stagnant water, wear long-sleeves and vaccinate themselves to check yellow fever, stating that there is currently no medicine for the disease.
Other people who spoke at the events include the General Manager TAMARSAL, Mrs. Evelyn Onah, the Zonal Commander NAPTIP, Enugu State Command, Mrs. Comfort Agboko, Executive Director Heroine Women Foundation, Mrs. Onyinye Mama.
Chairmen of Local Government Councils, their wives and other top government functionaries also attended the events, which were powered by the Enugu State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development, Office of the Wife of the Governor and the governor’s wife’s pet project, Ugo’s Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF).
Nigerian Couple Remarries After Over 10 Years Of Separation And Divorce (Pix)
A Nigerian couple Babsola Kuti and Lola Fafowora have remarried after severing ties for about a decade.
The duo first got married in London on April 8, 1996. They have three children — a boy and two girls — now aged 24, 19 and 16 respectively.
Kuti and Fafowora met about 32 years ago in Lagos. After a year of getting to know each other, they began dating on Kuti’s 20th birthday in 1990.
Following separation and divorce, the couple eventually reconciled in 2017 and renewed their vows on April 8, 2021, about 25 years after they first got married.
Their children witnessed the ceremony while some family members also joined on Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It was learnt that the couple’s best man Folarin Agbede and bridesmaid Kemi Kalejaiye-Mason at their first wedding in 1996 also witnessed the reunion.
“I feel grateful to see God’s grace. It was all topsy-turvy, but I believed someone up there was fighting for our love,” said Fafowora.
On his part, Kuti said:
“After more than 10 years of separation and even a divorce, against all odds we found ourselves together again.”
“We hardly spoke. Interestingly there was never any personal animosity and most people who knew me well always said we would get back together. I always laughed at them. One of them was my flatmate in Abuja Tunji Adenuga. Many people who knew me always wished it for us but it was hard at the time to see how it would happen,” he added.
Impossible is Nothing!
After more than 10 years of separation and even a divorce, against all odds we found ourselves together again. Happy and in love. This journey started over 30 years ago…never ever give up! pic.twitter.com/FPoGNIZiMK
— Babasola Kuti Jr. 🇬🇧 🇳🇬 (@RealSolaKuti) April 10, 2021
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