Nigeria: Prison Inmates Protest Ban of Marijuana

Article by James Eze, All Africa

There was tension in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Friday as inmates of the Abakaliki prison protested the ban of Indian hemp by the prison authorities.

The protest led to prison officials sealing off the FMC Road leading to the prisons.

Although no casualties were recorded, PREMIUM TIMES learnt the inmates calmed down after the state Comptroller of Prisons, Adaobi Oputa, held a meeting with their leaders.

A protest at the same prison in August led to death of six persons.

Speaking to reporters in her office, Mrs. Oputa described the incident as an “agitation”.

According to her, the inmates were agitating the stoppage of Indian hemp and other contraband goods in the prison.

“I call it agitation. I was in the office when I was called that the inmates are agitating, asking for this, asking for that; and I rushed there and asked them to select two representatives from each cell let me hear from them because we have a way we operate,” Mrs. Oputa said.

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