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Prison Inmate Bags Second Class Upper Degree from National Open University of Nigeria



??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A prison inmate, Theophilus Adeniyi, has received a second class upper degree in Peace studies and Conflict Resolution from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Adeniyi, an inmate awaiting trial, is a pioneer student of NOUN at its Enugu Prison study centre. He was on Tuesday presented the certificate by the Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Peter Ekpendu, at the first convocation of the centre.

Ekpendu commended Adeniyi for making the NPS proud and promised to continue to encourage inmates to reach their potentials in whatever trade they chose.

He said the intensity of academic activities the inmates were engaged in was a clear testimony that the future of the country was bright.

Ekpendu said that the healthy condition of the inmates was an indication that the authorities were actualizing their mandate, which was to keep prisoners safe, sound and in good condition.

In a citation, the Deputy Controller of Prisons, Enugu State Command, Felix Lawrence, said that the graduand made a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.36.

Lawrence said that Adeniyi was a final year political science student at Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) when he was arrested and charged to court over a communal crisis.

The Coordinator of the study centre, Ladan Babankodong, extolled Adeniyi’s virtues, saying that he was a shining example.

In a remark, the graduate said that he was elated to have completed his university education in spite of obvious challenges.

“I promise that I shall at all times uphold the legacies of NOUN and also be a good ambassador.

Just few months to my final degree examination in ESUT, I was set up and roped into the matter that I am currently facing trial for, but today I thank God I am a graduate,” Adeniyi said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adeniyi, who was one of the 54 students in the centre, bagged three awards from NOUN, including a N50,000 cash award as the best student.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. EllesarisEllendil

    February 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

    This is how it should be. Prisons should be rehabilitation facilities for criminals who haven’t taken another life.
    *Sigh* but he’s graduating into this job market.

    • tunmi

      February 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Exactly. For him to get his degree, that means the prison actually facilitates rehabilitation.

  2. anonymous

    February 11, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Okay, if this guy was framed up, can he get a state pardon already?

  3. Ruth

    February 11, 2015 at 9:14 am

    This kind of news make me happy. GOD is with you

  4. kenitola

    February 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

    it is well with you adeniyi. your case shall be settled in Jesus Name.

  5. Adaoma

    February 11, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Congratulation Adeniyi, the good Lord who started a good work in your life will perfect it to His glory.

  6. 1st lady

    February 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

    God bless your soul, young man.

  7. Amaka

    February 11, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Awesome!!! When Glory meets you in prison… It can only be God!

  8. Fadairo Bola

    February 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

    that simply means ‘NO REASON FOR FAILURE’

  9. Chrisi

    February 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Proud of u….and i pray you shall be set free in jesus name.

  10. Every sector is a failure

    February 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    For how long will the poor boy be kept in the prison without being tried?

    You lock up so many innocent people for years without a single trial and we wonder why there are jail breaks. The prisons are congested, overpopulated and results in a revolt.

    Good people go to prison, meet hardened criminals, come out and turn criminals themselves…..

    Nigeria need a overhaul…every sector is in shambles

    we need a change (from who ever be it pdp or apc)!

  11. Aibee

    February 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Doesn’t anyone else see something wrong with the fact that he was “awaiting trial” long enough to get a degree? He didn’t transfer his course credits from his pre-prison life, he began all over again and got the degree while still awaiting trial. This is all shades of sad.

  12. sandra

    March 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Something should be done to remedy most of these inadequacies in Nigerian prison. For instance, this detention without trial.

  13. Sandra Coola

    May 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Please, for someone who bags a 2nd class upper in prison, this guy has the potential of been great. He should be tried and let’s hope his case won’t go negative against him

  14. Moses Joseph

    June 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    This is out of control, how can the Nigeria Government look at this situation and they can not look into the condition.

    Anyway, admin, i would love this post published here… At;least, the Rector of NOUN can look into this.

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