Kuje prison officials restrict visitors from seeing Senator Ndume
By Cyril Mbah, Abuja
Officials of Kuje Correctional Centre have restricted visits and access to Senator Ali Ndume, who was remanded in prison on November 18, 2020, on the orders of a Federal High Court.
Senator Ali Ndume was detained for failing to bring the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Force Team, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina, who was granted bail in a corruption case after Ndume guaranteed and signed the bail documents.
Two senators, Ishiaku Elisha and Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who visited Ndume on Wednesday were turned back by security officials.
The disappointed senators requested to talk with senior prison officials and were thereafter, addressed by the officer in charge of Kuje Prison, Mr. G. U Ochepa, who told them that the restriction order was not a punishment, but a protective measure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is not a punishment to the lawmaker. Only lawyers and his wives are allowed to see him at the moment,” Ochepa insisted.
Senator Na’Allah, who led the team, expressed shock over the development and called on the correctional facility officials to respect the fundamental human rights of the senator.
Meanwhile, a northern group known as the Arewa Youths Association for Peace and Good Leadership has called for the arrest of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for failing to produce the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kalu, who jumped bail.
In a statement, the group argued that Abaribe, like Ndume, defaulted in the conditions spelt out by the High Court before granting bail to Nnamdi Kalu, and should be held until he produces the activist.