The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the riot at Oke Kura Prisons, Ilorin, Kwara State, which resulted in the death of six inmates on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau, retd, who gave the order in Abuja yesterday, blamed the riot on the frustration of condemned inmates in the condemned prisons cell.
Consequently, the Minister directed an Intra-Ministerial Committee to work closely with Nigeria Prisons’ management team to unraveling the remote circumstance surrounding the incident, with a view to avoiding a recurrence in any of the nation’s penitentiary and to sanction any official found culpable.
He maintained his stance on the need to adhere to the United Nations Minimum Standards for the Treatments and Rehabilitation of Prison inmates, including condemned prisoners, in line with Mandela Rules. Findings overtime have shown that such riot involving condemned criminals had been a result of frustration of being on death row for a period of 10yrs or more. Read more