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BN at 6 – Our Stories, Our Miracles: Sentenced to Death, An Innocent Man Steps Out After 24 Years in Prison – Olatunji Olaide shares his story of Survival, Freedom & Hope



As part of our 6th anniversary celebration, and in line with the BellaNaija ethos of entertainment, information and positively impacting lives, we are sharing 6 stories of real people who have been dealt with some of life’s unexpected cards. In spite of these challenges, these people have found the strength to pull themselves up and trudge on and are willing to encourage others going through their own issues. Olatunji Olaide was wrongfully arrested and subsequently sentenced to death. He shares the harrowing experience of his time in prison and his survival and freedom with BN and how he kept his head high in the face of the storm.We hope that you are inspired by it.

Back in 1988
I trained as a photographer but back in the 80s I didn’t have enough photography work to sustain me so I worked with my father who  traded in cattle. My father was an old man so I joined him and I used to go to the bush to buy the animals. I was married with two sons. That year, as the time for   the Ileya Festival drew closer, we were going to supply some companies with cattle so I had to go and buy them from Niger state. He listed all the things that I was going to buy – cows, rams and goats. I left Lagos on the 30th of May, 1988 to Gwari in Niger state. I had to go inside the bush to select the animals I wanted so that I would get a trailer to convey them to Lagos.

The Arrest
Because of the language barrier, I needed an interpreter for the negotiations. We were in the bush when some policemen came and asked me if I was a visitor. I said yes, I was a visitor that I had been coming to the village for many years. The man said they were looking for people who ran into the bush. I said I didn’t know anything about it that I was selecting rams there. Then they arrested me and took me to the police station even though the interpreter told them I had been coming to the village for some time. The next day, the 1st of June, they said the case could not be handled at that station and it was transferred to the State CID at Niger. From there they transferred me to Ilorin in Kwara state. All the while, I never knew what they were accusing me of. After a week, some policemen came from Lagos, they said they were from the Anti-Terrorsist squad and they conveyed me and some people that were arrested with me to Lagos. I was with N325,000 cash which I wanted to use to buy cows at Niger. The money followed me up to Ilorin but when we got to Lagos, I didn’t hear anything about the money again. The Police men did not give me or my family members.

Pain, Torture & Court Trial
They took me to Adeniji Adele Police Station, Lagos. That was when they started giving me hell. They hung me,  beat and  tortured me. That was the day I knew they were accusing me of murder. They said somebody was killed in Lagos and his car was snatched and they later found the car around the village where I was in Gwari. The policemen said the people fled into the bush that was why they were looking for visitors around that area. All the while I had no idea why I had been arrested. The confessional statement in my case file, they wrote it themselves and forced me to sign. After that they transferred me to Ikoyi Prison and that was where they resumed another round of torture. I spent almost 9 months there before they took me to court with four other men. I didn’t even know those men. They charged us all for conspiracy to murder. My lawyer told me to plead ‘Not Guilty’ so I did and from there they took me to Kirikiri Medium Security Prison.

Sentenced to Death
Four months later, they said we had a case to answer at Apapa Court. After reading the charges, they took us back to Ikoyi Prisons.The trial started in 1989 and it ran on for 6 years. On February 15, 1995, Justice Da Silva sentenced me to death. I told the judge that day, “You have condemned me, but God did not condemn me.” My Mum, my Dad, my children and family members were in the court that day. I was transferred to the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison.

Life as a Man Sentenced to Death
They put me in a condemned cell. It was hell on earth. They kept 9 of us in a very small room. That was where we took our bath, ate, slept, defecated and eased ourselves. There were no beds. Who would give us beds? By law, they don’t let any condemned man come out. But sometimes, they let us out for about one hour in a day. Life in the prison was very rough. There, I hardly slept. The prison authorities gave us food but not good food.
In the condemned prisoners cell, you wouldn’t know which day they will call you and just execute you. In 1996, I can’t remember the date, we were 9 in the cell. They took 8 of them out, they never brought them back. When they call your name like that, you know what will happen. They executed all of them.

Olawale Olaide(brother) & Olatunji Olaide

Communication with the Outside World
Then, when we want to communicate with our family or our lawyers, we go to the welfare unit and write a letter. We must wear our blue uniform and they’ll put handcuffs and chains on our legs. Any time we wanted to come out to welfare, or clinic or for visitation, they’ll put the handcuffs on us. That was until 2002 when we protested and they stopped it.
I have been hearing of what has been happening in Nigeria. I have been hearing of Boko Haram, of Obasanjo, of Goodluck Jonathan. All the information we have there is carried over information, you can’t get the exact information. It is what they say to us that we will believe.
My brothers used to visit me. My parents died when I was in prison and they told me. I felt bad but I could not do anything. I just prayed to God not to let me die in prison.
Around the millennium time, my family members brought a phone to me at the prison but it was not approved. I had to sneak it in and we hide to use it. If the prison wardens catch anyone with a phone, they will send the person to prison inside prison. Real torture.

Bad Eye
One day, something flew into my eye, maybe an insect or something. At the prison, there was no good treatment, no specialist there to treat us. My family members couldn’t do more than buy me drugs but I did not see any doctor for my eye. It got badly infected and that’s how it got to its current state.

Wife and Children
As a young woman, if my wife was my sister, I would have even advised her to marry someone else because no one knew when I was going to come out. I won’t advice my sister to wait for a man who doesn’t have hope of coming out. She has married again and I don’t feel bad about it. My children used to come once in a while but they don’t really know me. Now that I am out, they will know me better.

What Kept Me Going
My biggest encouragement there were the Christian brothers. They were very good to me. They took care of us, especially the catholics. They didn’t want to know whether you are an idol worshipper or whatever, they will just embrace you. I’m very close to the church now. When God does something for you, you just have to give thanks to God.

How I Got Out of Prison
I thank God for Pastor Ariyo Popoola. He had been coming to prison for a very long time. He used to come and talk to us, preach to us, tell us that this is not the end of life and that we could become something in future. At that time, so many lawyers had duped my family, collected money and just dropped my case. One day in 2005, he came to me and said he wanted to take up my case. Then, they used to call me Mr. No Hope. I didn’t believe him, I said he should go. He came back again after some months and said he wants to take my case. I said “is it by force, I won’t give my case to you”. But somebody encouraged me telling me that afterall, he was not asking me for money or anything like that. He introduced me to Chino Obiagwu, the Executive Director of LEDAP. When I met Mr. Obigwu, the first thing he said to me was “My friend, I am taking up your case and I’m going to win that case. Are you ready to sign for me?” I said I will not sign with biro, I will use thumbprint. Then he said “I will give you a warning. Don’t call me, don’t send anybody to me. Are you going to have patience?” I said, “Is it me that you are talking to about patience?”

The Final Appeal
I didn’t even have faith at all. Sometimes, when Pastor Popoola came to prison, I would hide from him. The prisoners don’t go to the Court of Appeal, it is only the lawyers that were representing us. He didn’t even tell me anything and I didn’t bother to ask. Sometimes they were communicating with my family but I didn’t believe anything will happen.

Mr. Olaide standing outside the Prison the day he was released

The Call that Changed My Life
On the 5th of June 2012, they called me to come to the Welfare Unit to get the progress of my case. I said I wasn’t  not going there. Some people that were sitting with me said I should go but I said I wasn’t going, that they will just be lying to me. Later I called Pastor Popoola. He said “Egbon” (Big brother), I said “wetin be dat” (what is it?). He said “o ti sele o” (It has happened). He said the court of Appeal has let me go. I just started shouting, I didn’t know what to do, how to thank him. I was very happy.

My Perception of the Police, Prison and Nigerian Justice System
The police are bad, they are not doing a good job. They are killing innocent people. Lawyers will collect your money, they will not do any job. If a person has spent 6 years on trial and is sentenced to 15 years, they will not count the years spent on trial, they will just start counting the 15 years from the judgment day.
Justice was not done in my case. Justice is for only people that are rich and it is not supposed to be so. Justice is supposed to be for all Nigerians. The man who calls himself a judge will see the truth and will not even listen. My judge was biased towards me and I don’t know why.
We still have people languishing in that prison. People that have spent 28, 30, 33 years. The government is not doing well. How long will somebody be in prison? Which time will he spend the rest of his life? Let the justice prevail.
People are changing there. A lot of people are becoming born again. Imagine, somebody who did not go to school for his whole life will attend primary school, secondary school and go to Open University there. Let the government come to the aid of these poor men. A 14 year-old boy is in prison there charged for robbery case.

What Freedom Means To Me
Freedom is good. The freedom to be able to walk about, to do the things I want to do by myself. I’m not even used to it yet but it’s very good. I’m breathing different air, eating different food. Just these few days, my system has already changed.
I thank God for Pastor Popoola. God will be with him. I thank God for Chino Obiagwu and LEDAP. He didn’t collect one naira from me, up till today.

Advice to People who find themselves in Similar Situations
The only advice I would give is hold on to God.Be patient and have faith. Let that person be saying to himself, “God if I’m a sinner, forgive me and set me free. Let the people of the world see your glory in me”. It takes a lot of pain, it’s not an easy task for somebody to be in prison.

Looking Ahead
I will still go back to my job. If the Government wants to help me, fine but I believe my family and my children will take me up. I’m very hopeful. The rest of my life is going to be a very good life because I am going to take everything so easy. If it comes, I give thanks to God, if it doesn’t come, I give thanks to God Almighty.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Princess of Zion

    July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I honestly could not read the whole story because it got me from the start! I am so glad that he is free now but this is extremely sad! The optimism of this man is so humbling and he really epitomises the story of Joseph! It’s very amazing to see someone who was dealt the wrong cards but isn’t complacent or angry about it! God bless, redeem and strengthen Him! I know those years are lost but I really hope and pray that his remaining years of freedom will be exceedingly fruitful and overcompensate for those years spent in darkness! God bless Sir, and all the best!

    • UsaveOne

      July 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Nice comment PoZ, i felt the same way.

    • Ivy

      July 23, 2012 at 4:37 am

      Yes it got you from the start..But please as a blog owner learn to read posts completely before posting okay?

  2. QueenofEverything

    July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    so much I could say but not enough time or space.
    Thank God he’s out though…

  3. Mz B

    July 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Such a sad story but he has such a positive outlook on life! I wish him all the best! May God continue to guide you and stay steadfast in His word, it will not fail you! 🙂

    • Chukwuyere

      July 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I agree with you!!!

  4. Ginika

    July 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Now this is touching. I have a lot of questions but then again the Justice system in Nigeria needs some serious reformation.

  5. Ikay

    July 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Glory to God! I pray he recovers his life and God would pay him for good all he has suffered.

  6. Denny

    July 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    this story is heartbreaking but thank God for a happy ending!

  7. Ace

    July 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    God help us. Thank God for the few good people in Nigeria that helped you out. May God help Nigeria at our levels

  8. LOA

    July 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    This is so touching, thank God he is out. I pray that the lost years will be restored, Amen.

  9. Abs

    July 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    “I just prayed to God not to let me die in prison” and He did keep you alive to share this testimony. This story has really touched me. Wasted years! Deeply sad. How can humans be treated worse than animals all because of money. Praying that the rest of your life will be fulfilling. Good luck!

  10. purplepearl

    July 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    So much positivity. Sir May God restore all the lost years to you and your family.

  11. eesha

    July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm


  12. sylvia

    July 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    It s good to pity and empathise and sympatise ,but BN u can use this medium to raise funds for this man.

    • Mrs Mo

      July 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

      i was going to say exactly that-no amount is too small.BN kindly set up an account for this man because Jesus said if we are good to the least of my brethen,we are also doing it to him indirectly (paraphrased).
      This is a very sad story of one out of millions languishing behind bars innocently because they are not priviledged.God please help us in Nigeria.

    • tweeter

      July 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Raise funds for??? What will that do to him? How about a job offer? Assimilation classes as there are no halfway houses in Nigeria? Funds ko, funds ni.

  13. G

    July 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    We pray that God will bless Mr Olatunji Olaide, and all who have helped him survive this journey, as well as those who have been instrumental in granting his freedom, in Jesus Mighty name we pray. Amen. And all God’s people said … BellaNaija I commend this section on your website – perhaps it’s time to start a philanthropic foundation to help all those featured in “Our Stories” – may God bless your efforts. IJMN, Amen.

  14. Naveah

    July 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    To simply say “we thank God for your life” just sounds so trite in the face of this man’s dilemma. Nigeria!Nigeria!Nigeria! May God help us all.

  15. Naveah

    July 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Now this is a true to life story that can be made into a movie, I’d rather see a movie that chronicle such an experience than a movie called Blackberry Babes…Nollywood take note! In the States, someone would have already been meeting with this man to do a documentary or feature narrative film on the Nigerian “justice” system and it’s many flaws.

  16. Seun

    July 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    To GOD be the glory. what a shameful, unjust system. mtchieewww

  17. Justmeee

    July 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This story is really touching, and i can’t even believe the humility of this man. But just remember that after darkness comes light, the Lord is definitely on your side……wow

  18. ij

    July 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Oh! what a sad story,wasted years in pain and suffering. May God give you better life ahead and set the innocent ones still there free someday.

  19. LPS

    July 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    24 years!!! Gross!!!!

  20. Motun

    July 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    This is so touching, May God restore all the years and give him a fresh start.
    @ G, BN foundation sha, I’m sure God will touch the heart of one of BN readers or even you to start a philanthropic foundation in this regard. Will be a very nice idea.

  21. Aibee

    July 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    This had me in tears. Thank God he is out of prison, alive and well. I pray that God restores in multiple fold all the years that he has lost and that his latter days will be a compensation.

    Meanwhile BN can we do something to raise funds for him? Something to get him back on his feet again. His family are happy to have him back now but he will soon begin to feel like a burden on them. Before it. Stage, can we do something for him, please?

    May less all the people who help and encouraged him to keep hope alive.

    • Aibee

      July 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Meant ‘ God bless all those who helped ‘

    • peaches

      July 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      i support ur suggestion Aibee!

  22. Thatgirl!!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Sad story, got me teary. Bella Naija, please give us details on how the we can contribute some money for this man to start a living again, no matter how small

  23. Bill0705

    July 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    There’s just no way to describe the emotions av gone through reading this story. A country given so much yet has so little to show for it. It is truly depressing BUT we will do more than survive, we will LIVE & THRIVE!!! We will overcome at the end of the day!

  24. Theodora

    July 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Men this is so touching, am so happy for your faith that saw you through, lord knows it must have been bloody hell, God will heal you, he already has and i thank God for your life.

  25. TobechiD

    July 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    A sad and depressing story through and through. One might ask, how one gets forgotten in prison without a trial?This man’s horrific story epitomizes that. I’m going to make it my business to create more awareness on stories such as this and plight of people such as this who are defenseless. Will you join me?

    • Tess

      July 20, 2012 at 2:38 am

      I want to join u TobechiD


    July 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Nice one BN…. you guys rock a lot!

  27. NativePals

    July 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    6 years of always informing and entertaining us!

  28. BIMBY

    July 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    *Amidst sobs* I thank God for his life. God’s reason for allowing this to happen can’t be queried. I pray God’s purpose for his life will be fulfiled in Jesus’ name. May we not be at the wrong place at any give time of our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen!

  29. omonlove

    July 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    im close to tears,its well is all i can say

  30. ebere

    July 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    to God b all d praise and i pray he will do it 4 others and 4gv dem dr sins

  31. Brownsugah

    July 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    So sad that a man would suffer for crimes he knew nothing about, so sad for the wasted years of hopelessness but then am thankful that even at the end, he can come out alive to give this story.
    i pray for so many others who have been wrongly put in prison, caged in there with their dreams and hopes that the good lord who fights for us just like the cattle without a tail would fight for them! Injustice stinks like sh*t!

  32. ME

    July 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Injustice in Nigeria!!! I thank GOD for saving his life.

  33. X factor

    July 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    With more of Pastor Popoola and LEDAP and less of Justice Da Silva, Nigeria has hope…if the man’s story is true, then let God judge all those that contributed to your pains…..well done Bella Naija…..indeed u re a first class ethos brand……….

  34. damsel

    July 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Am short of word and sincerely i can not express what am feeling right now.

  35. Tayo

    July 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    wow happy for him at least he is out now…glory be to God

  36. zizi

    July 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    God am so speechless……Notin to say.*Crying*

  37. mcclaren michael

    July 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    GOD will continue to sustain you AMEN

  38. Ayan

    July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    It is sad that an innocent man had to lose his youth, an eye and his wife to a lax judiciary…….thank God he is out. Many have lost their lives in similar situations.

  39. olaedo

    July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    amazing story!! shows that no situation is permanent and there is nothing God cannot do…. We should b grateful for our lives, no matter what we are going thru … because some people have it worse!! i wish him well, may God continue to protect him

  40. olaedo

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    and happy 6 yrs anniversary Bella Niaja!! i come to this blog for a breath of fresh hair from most negativity on other blogs.. wishing you nothing but the best

  41. Jmy

    July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Gracious Lord!!!!!!

  42. pynk

    July 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Such optimism! We need to be all thankful for all we get.

  43. FUNMI

    July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    ..My heart is heavy.. i pray God causes a revival in our land.. there are a million and one suffering from injustice… When a rich man commits a crime, it goes unpunished but when a poor man steals maggi, he is sent to life in prisonment…All hope is not lost for Nigeria….BOD BLESS NIGERIA, GOD BLESS PASTOR POPOOLA, GOD BLESS LEDAP, GOD BLESS BELLANAIJA, GOD BLESS YOU.

  44. peaches

    July 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    As sad and touching this story is, this should serve as a wake up call for each and everyone of us………for me. If we all cry and wail without taking a positive action things like dis will keep happening and many souls and good pple will be lost or wasted. As for me i ve made a strong resolve to do watever its in my power to help pple like him. wat abt you???

  45. speak it

    July 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I am out of words… But May the Lord restore all the years that has been eaten by the locust and the canker worms (Joel 2:25). God help our Nation!

  46. maymay

    July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    God bless America! Dats all i can say… I love my country nigeria, proud to be Nigerian and stuff but yea God bless America! SMH

    • lilly

      July 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      My dear even in America people go to jail for the crime they know nothing about.

    • Ada nna ya

      July 22, 2012 at 4:17 am

      Ah, you’ll be surprised! This happens everywhere, especially the US.

      Let’s all be thankful to God everyday. Unfortunate things like this happen everyday to good people. Sometimes, it’s just a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time or hanging around the wrong people. Being the daughter of someone who’s in a similar situation, i feel for his children. My father has been gone for 25 years (i’m 24 by the way). To be honest, it is only God that can keep him sane. No amount of money will wipe away all the years he has lost. By God’s grace, some day i will share my story of how God cleansed me from all the hurt, embraced me and turned me into a strong successful young lady. My only worry sometimes-how will he cope when he is free? The world, as he knew it is not the same. Where do we even begin with this relationship? What will be his purpose in this life? A life without purpose is empty.
      My only wish though- that he walks me down the aisle. Not that i have to wait however many years he has left (which is quite a lot), but that he gets out sooner to give me away. That would mean the world to him

  47. Blackknight

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
    I will definitely support with my own little contribution.BN, please give us details.

  48. Jfk

    July 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Sir im so glad you are out now. May God continue to shower you with divine blessings and may your children make you proud! God bless you.

  49. lilly

    July 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    WOW!! *tears* I’m speechless!

  50. Ifeanyi Okolie

    July 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    This is the most painful story have read in recent time. the last i read was the John Grisham’s Innocent Man. This story is hart wrenching, But Olatunji Olaide, you have to sue this government, sue the judge who wrongfully sent you away to prison, sue the police. don’t bother yourself about money, we will support you.

  51. chinco

    July 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    This story almost brought me to tears, its really inspiring. His belief in God, his optimism… I pray God will perfect His work of mercy and he will live the rest of his life peacefully n with joy. @ bellanaija, now these r d kinda stories I look forward to.

  52. person pikin

    July 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Lord, I’m 25! Cant belive that some0ne has spent that much years behind bars for an offence he did not commit. Thank God he is out.

    BTW how do judges feel sentencing someone to death? Like seriously, especially in countries like Nigeria where crime investigation is wack, and the possibility of passing a wrong sentence is inevitable.

  53. Mark Osei

    July 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Very touching story. God is in fact the only true judge.

  54. Okechukwu Ofili

    July 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This man has had his life stolen and all we can say is thank God! I think that has become the Nigeria default feel good answer.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      July 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      @ Ofili ermmmmm ur point is??? we should not be grateful to God..? as u have seen it was through a man of God and many kind people out there.. u and i both know the govt dont do jack… Pls Ofili if u can help am sure we all be like yeah well done. In the mean time dont condemn people that are grateful to God.. if u werent, it came across like that.

      Anyway before I start getting even more personal..

      I am thankful to God he came out.. yes it took a while, there are some that have died innocent which is absolutely wrong.. I pray our generation has more to offer…

      The living condition is beyond uproar…….

    • Dziree

      July 20, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Okechukwu you took the words right out of my mouth. The story is painful, heart wrenching even, but i bet a lot of us once we close this page will go back to our normal lives and forget this story thinking that cos we have thanked god and called on him, everything is hunky dory. We forget that we have the power to change things no matter how little we think what we are doing is.

    • lucabracee

      July 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      i totally agree with you no single person has made a pro active comment about helping the man out apart from hollow prayers that isn’t going past their tongue…they are quick to compare to america like americans wouldn’t have helped this man out.
      i have just sent a message to the email on ledap website asking for the man’s details so i can send my wido’s mite to him. if they get back to me i ll drop it on here

  55. Le Dynamique Professeur

    July 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Sincerely, this is heartwrecking but I love how the story ended. God is the hope of the hopeless. He is the hope that maketh not ashame. He can make a way where there is no way; He’s been in that business and He is still very much at it. He is God and that is just the way it is. His own justice system is very perfect. He knows what is right and doeth justice. I love how he’s found God; that to me is the ultimate. May God help Nigeria.

    – LDP

  56. weyinole e.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    This is one of the saddest stories I have read in decades…but it highlights the injustice in our criminal justice system & the wickedness of the Nigerian Police. If you know a Policeman, please beg him not to ruin more lives through such actions.

  57. Mr Bello

    July 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I am a man and this got me teary. I thank God for your life. Alot of people are going through worse things in the Nigerian prisons.

    • tweeter

      July 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      @Mr Bello … so men don’t cry or what?

    • Nneka

      July 21, 2012 at 3:28 am

      @tweeter, why are you so bitter?? You need to get a life and let people express their feeling.. abeg gtf off this page with your bitterness.

  58. Media Scholar

    July 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Wow! Nigeria Police and its duress conviction. They will force you to own up to crime you never committed and will never do their investigation, waiting for you to drop huge sums so that the case will swing in your favour when you obviously didn’t commit anything. God is ever faithful. Job went through hell, but came out victorious. Jesus is with You. My legion of mary and Prison visitation days.

  59. lady justice

    July 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

    24 Years!!!Repeat it slowly a few times!!! 24 years!!!! Think of all your memories in the last 24 Years. Deprived a woman of her wife and children their father…siblings their brother… na wa o

    This is why I want to be in the Nigerian legal system… you need to be in it to change it effectively…..


  60. chukwudi

    July 20, 2012 at 3:45 am

    may GOD grant u all that u av lost

  61. Precious

    July 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I work with the California Innocence Project here in the USA. The innocence Project is to free wrongfully convicted people from prison. This is so unfair, Justice is meant for all not just the rich. Please how can I share this story on facebook and twitter.
    Bella Niaja, thank you very much for publishing this.

    • Scarlet

      July 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Your project in the USA,how can it help people in Nigeria? The man said there’s a fourteen year old in the prison. Pls anyone who can help should look into it. It’s really sad what’s going on in our justice system.

  62. Lovinit

    July 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

    @Purpleicious Babe, Ofili isn’t saying we shouldn’t be grateful to God. All hez sayin is that Nigerians shouldn’t alwyz hide under the spiritual ‘thank God’ all d time therez an injustice. Action has jst got to follow…Enuf is Enuf RILY!!!

    May God restore all d years back to this man. It’s jst unfair.

  63. mereal

    July 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

    24yrs out of my age makes me 4yrs when he was arrested……just thinking of all i av been through and my achievements over the years. Imagine aw his kids grew bearing in mind that their father is in the prison for an offence he didnt committ. Ah! Imagine wat his family also went thru catering for those kids! This is sad sad sad! May God help u to achieve even more than u should av achieved in d lost years IJN

  64. mimi

    July 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

    i was not even born when this man went into prison.. this is unfair in so many ways… speechless

  65. sunshine

    July 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Read his story and went through a carnival of emotions but the following struck me: his optimism, faith and willingness to let go of the hurt inflicted. here’s wishing him well from here on out. +I hope d pastor dat helped secure his release or any well meaning person can help get him counselled. will def chip in when details on how to give monetary support are released.

  66. christy

    July 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    @bello,so men don’t cry?

    • Sammie

      July 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      @bello, Men don’t and are not supposed to cry! Just red eyes and a little teary!

  67. Liberator

    July 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    The responses of folks here baffle me. No one is talking about storming the prison and releasing the inmates or starting an intense awareness campaign or protest for reforms in our justice system. This has happened to this man now. It could be anyone of the commenters here tomorrow. maybe not. Most of you are from affluent homes and well connected. bella set up an avenue by which we can donate for this man please.

  68. Rashida

    July 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    *cryin*fank God 4 d happy endin may God restore all d stolen year. We should also try 2 put a smile on d face of odas even in our lil way

  69. marvel

    July 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    See? The money followed him from the North. Lagos Police are thieving bastards! May Fashola never get his wish for state policing. They are absolute scum of the earth. I am pleased he is out and I hope he gets to sue for miscarriage of justice. Education is a good thing. In the West, animals are bought at auctions, not in the bush where some stolen car gets dumped. The judiciary must set up weekend courts to free such people who have been languishing in jails for nothing. It is evil to say the least.
    Over half of the comments ‘thank God’ for this and that. This is the reason why we have backsliden. We just keep praying and doing little else.

  70. prettylady

    July 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    i was crying while reading this post and i tot to my self how i can make little differences int the society and i tot of joining the Saint Vincent the Poor Society in the catholic church(am a catholic) they go to the prisoners, visit the sick, cloth the naked etc…. we can all start from some where……

  71. prettylady

    July 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    working in Naptpp is also good, to aid in the fighting of child trafficking, and also associations that fight against women and children violence/ abuse, child molestation,house help slavery e.t.c meanwhile anybody that has got a gud job for this man should pls help… that’s what he needs for now

  72. Iyke D'Billion

    July 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The God of Daniel has delivered you sir! A very sad and tourching testimony, but i pray that God will renew your life, strength, and make you whole..blessings sir!!!

  73. Cuteeyes

    July 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    **crying**8 odas wer executed bt God kept u alive!its for a reason!only God can pay u everitin u’ve lost.ur story has inspired me and i no odas to!!dere shal b more organisations like LEPAD in d nearest future.God bles those dat stood by u through al this!He alone is the perfect judge!!!


    July 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i am really glad that his out and my prayer is more helpless people in jail will get freedom. God bless every worker of bellanaija for supporting stories like dis. as a prisons ambassador i will keep trying my best to help more helpless inmates. pls if anyone can help me reach him let him call me 08120776757… just to see what help he can get from us cos freedom is one thing but acceptance into the society is another thing. now this is why i keep shouting SAY NO TO CRIME…. over 40 top nigerian artist have followed me to prison to show inmates love and its a great moment . LAMBOGINNY “SAY NO TO CRIME” will keep fighting until change will come. GOD BLESS U ALL.

  75. ify

    July 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    so ashamed to be a Nigerian

  76. Nana Ama

    July 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Many many many many thanks to Rev. Popoola. If all pastors would do this, this world would be a different one altogether. Pastor, God richly bless u. May God Almighty replace everything you have lost through this case in thousand folds.
    And to the victim, this is not the end of the world. God is going to make you a big man and you are going to be a testimony to the whole world. God richly bless u. Amen.

  77. Temitope Abdul

    July 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Thank God for his life, and to also know that he did not give up on God, he did not give up on life, he had Faith that one day he will freed despite all the challenges he had in the prison. And this is to show that God will take him to his highest expectation in life if he will keep the faith high. And for our Nigerian System, it will take time for for such to be rectified. We should keep praying that one should not find himself or trapped in police predicaments.

  78. Lady D

    July 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Really sad news. Please, can you help get the details of the 14year old boy? thank you very much.

  79. omg

    July 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Nigeria Government and their legal system are beyond Ignorant, Full stop

  80. Bianca

    July 24, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Sad story. I don’t know what it is about my people, it’s like we don’t initiate helping others or making a difference in our community. I remember, telling my dad I will like to help in this type of situation since I’m studying law, the only thing he said is, don’t waste your time, you don’t want to get killed. I think, Nigerians have given up on everything, become too self absorbed, where it’s me, myself and I. To fight for freedom, change, be ready to die for your truth. I doubt, Nigerians are willing to put themselves in that position. Too much fear and cowardness. We will rather hide under religiosity and not take actions that will be more beneficial.

    • Change yourself, change Nigeria

      July 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      I love the optimism of this man, and i thank God for his life. @ Bianca, those were my tots exactly, in Nigeria we live for ourselves only and forget that the nigerian situation really concerns us too. The Nigerian suitation is like having you father’s house were you live been damaged but noboby (including you and siblings and all other occupants) wants to fix it. Some abandon it and go to neighbours to squat (abroad) while other only complain but do nothing, maybe managing in a room that is not leaking or damaged and thinking to ourselves ” sebi my own room no spoil, the rest no bi my business, make the others do am”. We forget that soon or later we would ALL be affected if we do nothing, our kids would be affected, our grandchildren would be affected. Base line is, i whatever way we can do right, e.g you the lawyer, take up cases like dis nt for the money bt to help get people like this out, or help heal the judicial system, those in the ministry shud stop taking bribes, me a corp member shud in my own little way impact lives, obey rules and uphold this nation. Yes it is not easy as a tree doesnt make a forest bt many trees could make a great GREEN forest. PLS I BEG ALL YOUNG NIGERIANS, LET FIX OUR HOME. LET TOGETHER MAKE OUR HOME A PLACE WHERE FOREIGNERS (WHITE FOLKS) COME TO BEG FOR CLEANING JOBS AND EVERY WASH DISHES…

  81. Kate Duru

    July 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Indeed, a sad but great testimony. Its saddens to see the type of country we’re in and our security system. Anyway i thank God for His mercies. Its a miracle because not everybody live to tell this kind of story. Its well with you, big bros

  82. lucabracee

    July 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    hi,i got an email off ledap and i was sent mr olaide’s tel number pls feel free to do all your independent checks before sending any money..

    We refer to your mail of 23/07/2012.

    This is Mr. Olaide’s phone contact: 08127460958. LEDAP appreciates your concern for Mr. Olaide’s rehabilitation.

    Thank you.

    For: LEDAP

    Sebastine Nweze, Esq.

  83. honeymix

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    My God please bless this man,keep him sane,help him,give him unmerited grace and favor.was just finkin if it happened 2 any1 I know,ow wud I rily feel knowin fully well that the person is innocent of the crime,even if guilty,24 yrs is not a joke.he was just unlucky 2 be in the right place at the wrong time.(Arin fe se si) as yorubas wud say it.and I also pray that all those behind bars 4 what they know nothing about would be free someday.I don’t even wish my enemy this and 2 fink of it all,despite all the untold hardship the man is still very humble.I just pray somebody would call him 2 start workin with him.let him prosper and be successful in his latter years.let his latter years be far more glorious than his former years.

  84. esther

    July 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Just heartbreaking ! cant even imagine beeninn one place for a week, 24 years is just wrong

  85. Kike

    July 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Somtimes i just wonder the kind of country Nig is, thank God for your release and d gud ple arnd u, d lost will restore back to u all your loss opportunities. it is well wt u!!!

  86. toun

    September 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Praise God that you are out now , the good Lord will continue to bless and favour your life

  87. TruthTeller

    September 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I just spoke to this man and i’ll soon meet him in person. so so upset!

  88. Dee

    October 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This article brought tears to my eyes…its so sad and unfair. May God help this country. Amen

  89. Daniel

    November 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Just imagine how many innocent souls are punished for the sins they know nothing about. When will this country change? it is really sad.

  90. mobus

    August 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

    felt so hurt in my spirit, but i rejoice with you sir for urs will be a happy ending,other went thru same n are not alive to testify…….our judicial system in conjunction with the police promotes injustice. Nigerian police! L for this kind of issues which is inevitable in our system, there should be a rehabilitation scheme with a reasonable compensation for the turture n d wasted yrs. In a civilised country it is the govt’s debt.

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