“I was amazed, shocked and almost burst into tears when these nursing mothers started rendering beautiful Christian songs to the amazement of all. I was to receive more shocks when later we were being taken round the prison facility to offer prayers for inmates in their cells, and we got to the female section, and saw some toddlers playing innocently behind the bars, while their detained mothers were lying down on their beds”, he disclosed.
“Your claim is true. Yes, warders have been apprehended having conjugal relationship with female inmates. Not only that, men from outside also often have access to female inmates, but such practices stopped in 1999. With the return to civil rule, prison rules became strict, and no female inmate is allowed access to a man. Before then, the prison authority has become object of criticism to the point of being accused of breeding babies for adoption.”
“It was while I was in police detention that it happened. I never knew that I was pregnant until the pregnancy was three months, and by then I had been sent to the prison. It was the most devastating period of my life because up till now, I don’t know the real father of my son.”
“Although prison authorities offered me some support, but their help was limited. I was told that I had to give up my child for adoption when none of my relations or the relations of my baby showed up, I was told that was the prison rule but I resisted and I suffered for it as I have to provide for the boy because we were together in the prison for six years until I completed my jail term.”
“That is the position of the law and even prison statute, when a child reaches 18 months in cell, the prison authority must mandatorily evacuate the child from the prison environment”, he stated.
“It is condemnable that children, especially toddlers, should be exposed to prison environment’s life. It has psychological effects on mother and child. We need to revisit this law so as to save these babies from abuse”, Giwa-Amu stated.