Prison Officers attached to the Abakaliki Federal Prisons Ebonyi state on Saturday allegedly manhandled a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress,APC, Engr. Frank Ngwu over his failure to pay six hundred naira bribe to see an inmate.
The victim alleged that he visited the command with his two friends and one of his friends had already paid two hundred naira to collect tally only to reach at the Prison counter, the officers insisted that each of them must obtain the tally at the same amount before they would be granted access into the Prison Yard.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the Prisons officers,Mr. Ngwu explained that his persistence that he would not pay any other money infuriated the officers on duty and they made efforts to push him and his friends out of the premises which triggered off a fisticuff between him and the officers.
He stated that the officers took advantage of the situation and inflicted critical injuries on them.
The victim who said that he was receiving medical treatment when he spoke with our Correspondent said that “there are four paying points. I went there with my two friends at about 11a.m. to see an inmate. One of my friends paid two hundred naira for tally before we went inside the counter where two officers insisted that the remaining two of my friends must go back to the gate and pay for our tallies before we will be attended to”.
“I asked them why all of us must pay since we are coming to visit one inmate, one of the Officers said that the applications we wrote was what they use to render account to the management”.
“There’s a desk where one can be charged about two hundred naira just to write letter for any visitor who could not write. The officer even told me that Abuja is aware that they are collecting the money which we use to buy fuel generating sets and to run the office”.
However, when contacted the State Comptroller of Prisons Ebonyi state,Mrs Emilia Oputa, said she was in a noisy environment and would get back to our correspondent but she was yet to call back as at press time.
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