International Peace Day: We have learnt our lessons, Warri inmates begs Okowa for freedom

Nothing can work in our society without peace ~ Agediga


I will be glad if inmates in Warri Prison witness state pardon under my watch ~ DCP

Inmates in the Okere, Warri Prison have appealed to the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for freedom, stressing that they have learnt their lessons. The Liberator Newspaper can report.

The inmates made the appeal yesterday during a visit to the prison by Chairman of the Shedrack Agediga Foundation, SAF and Special Assistant to the Governor on Peace & Conflict Resolution, Delta State, Comr. Shedrack Agediga and members of his team to mark the 2017 edition of the International Peace Day.

Speaking on behalf of the 1,525 inmates in the Okere Prison, the Provost of the inmates and two others had thanked Agediga for his visit to the prison.

They had particularly appealed to the state governor to look into their cases especially as October 1st draws near, according to them, the Governor can exercise his powers to grant amnesty to some of the prisoners as it is being done in other states across the federation.

According to Pastor, one of the inmates that spoke during the visit, he said “Some of us that are here as prisoners are innocent, but in all, whether guilty or not, we have all learnt our lessons, if we regains freedom today, we will begin to advocate for peace in the society, we could be very useful in this regard.”

However, narrating their ordeals in the prison, the inmates had noted that some of them had being in the prison for 5,6,7,8,9, 10 years with theirs  matters in court, wondering why such would be the case when the court have not proven them guilty.

Speaking further, the inmates had argued  that some of them who had committed minor offences ought to have been granted bail.

They had urged Agediga to continue to do his good works for the betterment of society while charging him to be their voice in the outside world since they are prisoners.

In their words, “Please become our voice, we are voiceless, weak, we need freedom “. Pastor, one of the inmates said.

Meanwhile, earlier in his speech, Shedrack had hinged on the importance of peace in our society when he said “Nothing can work in our society without peace.”

Comr. Agediga had charged the inmates not to be discouraged in their present state, noting that their being in prison does not mean they are not part of the society. “You are very special as well that is why we are here to celebrate this year International Peace Day with you “. Agediga said

Reacting to requests placed by the inmates to the Special Assistant to the Governor on Peace & Conflict Resolution, Comr. Agediga, had promised to put up a good memo to the executive governor of Delta state, narrating his experiences during the visit as part of activities marking the 2017 International Peace Day.

He had also promised to fixed a vehicle used in transporting the inmates occasionally to court or other sundry services to good use, this he said will be done at the end of September.

Meanwhile, Airiohoudon O. Solo, Deputy Controller Nigeria Prisons, Delta State Command had alleged that he would be glad if inmates got pardon from the Delta State Government under his watch.

On his part, he has noted that after freedom, the manner with which inmates conducts themselves after regaining freedom is another issue to look into.

According to him, even after some people must have gained freedom through legal means, some of such personalities still finds themselves in the prison for not conducting themselves properly.

The prison boss particularly charged the inmates to work more on their attitudes and believes that God can make all things possible.

He said, the fact that they are in prison does not mean that their minds should also be in prison, he had charged them  to be good ambassadors of peace even when they are in detention.

DCP Solo had commended Agediga for his strides in preaching peace across the country by particularly visiting the Okere Prison Warri, Delta State to have a discussion with inmates.

However, in his lecture titled “Peace Consciousness: Pivot for a crime and violent free society.” Esq. K. B Atsenuwa had heavily hammered on the rudiments of peace in our society, adding that it is a collective responsibility to ensure peace all over the World.

Food items was also delivered to the inmates as part of refreshment during the programme.

It would be recalled that the Shedrack Agediga Foundation, SAF in collaboration with the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Peace & Conflict Resolution, Delta State celebrated 2017 International Peace Day in two sessions.

First it began as a peace walk along major streets in Effurun, Warri and its environs with the distribution of flyers, stickers and other materials with powerful quotations of peace inscribed  on them.

It was learnt that over 500 Niger Delta youths massively turned out for the peace walk that terminated at the estate round about Warri before few were selected to continue the second session with inmates at the Okere, Prison Warri, Delta State.


Culled From the Liberator online newspaper

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