Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele
Fayose, has called on the federal
government to as a matter of
urgency upgrade facilities in prisons
across the federation.
Governor Fayose made the appeal
when he visited the Federal Prisons
in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital,
yesterday, to examine the facilities
and also pardon some of the inmates.
However, Fayose, could not
release of the inmates due to the
advice of the Chief Judge of the
state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, who
said due process must be follow
before he can veto their release.

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Some wives of the inmates,
especially those whose
husbands were in prison for
crimes of political violence,
knelt down and appealed to
Governor Fayose to release
them. But the governor
explained to them that his
hands were tied because he
had to follow due process and
that he would have loved to
release all inmates.
He said: “We would pardon
some inmates but we have to
follow due process. We must
have the facts and figures
before vetoing their release.
We have come to see the
facilities in the prison and see
how we can help. We have
seen the facilities here and we
are not happy.
According to the governor,
the buildings here houses
almost 200 people but
whatever their offences they
are still entitled to good
condition of living.
“We therefore appeal to
the federal government
to upgrade the facilities
available for prison inmates
in Ekiti State. The walls
surrounding the prison are
vulnerable, that was why
we experienced a prison
break, but that would not
happen . As a government,
we will support the prison
with an additional building, a
borehole, health facilities and
toilet facilities.
‘‘We appeal to the FG to live
up to their responsibilities,
I also appeal to the prison
inmates, you must be of good
conduct so that you can get
pardon and make sure that
you repent truly.‘‘

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