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COVID-19 : Metuh, 400 Inmates Infected in Kuje

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At least over 400 inmates reportedly infected with COVID-19 in Kuje in Prison in Abuja including former spokesman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh.

Metuh is currently serving 7 years jail term in Kuje Prison for money laundering of 400 million. He was sentenced to prison by Federal High Court in Abuja.

A credible source told Elombah.com that the Prison Authority didn’t want yo inform anybody about the out break of Coronavirus in Kuje Prison .

The Source added that no death has been recorded so far as result of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Prison as the place has been turned into Isolation center.

According to the Source, there is massive spread of Coronavirus in Kuje Prison right over 400 inmates must have been infected with Coronavirus.

It could be recalled that The FCT Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ishaq Usman Bello has freed 70 prisoners from Kuje Correctional facility to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

The federal capital territory Abuja has confirmed eighty nine cases of the coronavirus.

Beyond the Court Room, Justice Bello decided to “free seventy detainees from Kuje correctional facilities” in Abuja, according to a statement by the FCT High Court.

Some of the freed detainees were those suffering from ill health and other terminal diseases, inmates that are 60 years and above, convicts serving three years and above but have less than 6months to serve, mentally unstable inmates and inmates with option of fine not exceeding N50,000.

Nigeria Ministers, Mr. Abubakar Malami, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola were present at Kuje Correctional Facility during the visit by FCT Chief Judge to free the detainees.

Meanwhile, Justice Bello has so far brought Justice to nearly 4,000 wrongly detained prisoners in jail in Nigeria.

He began visiting prisons within his own jurisdiction in 2016 and was made chairman of presidential Committee on prison reform and decongestion in 2017.

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