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Photos: Joseph Yobo Promises to Secure Release of Inmates Awaiting Trial as he Launches Ikoyi Prisons Football Academy

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Joseph Yobo at Ikoyi Prisons3Super Eagles’ former Captain and defender, Joseph Yobo, has said that the Joseph Yobo Foundation would work to release as many inmates of Ikoyi Prisons, especially those awaiting trial.

Yobo spoke at the inauguration of Ikoyi Prisons Football Academy on Saturday in Lagos.

“I have never been to the prisons before but on getting to Ikoyi Prisons, I realised the need to give hope to someone.

The Joseph Yobo Foundation is ready to do everything within its means to grant bail to as many as possible that are awaiting trial, especially those in the facility’s football academy.

I am happy with what is going on in this facility. I have never been here before but when I got here, what I saw jolted me.

I thought I will see persons looking very sad, rushing to go out but rather, I saw them very happy, cheerful and looking very hopeful.

I must indeed commend the authorities of the Nigerian Prisons Service because from what I have seen on ground, the service is in the right track,” he said.

Yobo said that it was in this light that his foundation would seek to secure the bail for some of the inmates, train them and support them in the academy.

“We in our little way will want to give back to the society by giving hope to our brothers here behind the bars and give them a second chance because no one is above mistake. Having stayed here for a while, I am convinced that they must have undergone a great deal of reformation and rehabilitation,” he said.

One of footballer inmates, who did not want his name mentioned, said he was looking forward to benefiting from the foundation.

He added that with his experience so far he would not disappoint those behind the initiative.

Joseph Yobo Foundation is collaborating with Sisters Cities Vocational/Rehabilitation Centre and the Nigerian Prisons Service in the latter’s football academy project, “Football Stars Behind Bars”.

NAN reports that among the dignitaries that graced the event was a former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke and his wife, Onari.

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4 Comments

  1. Onyinyechi E.

    August 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

    That’s quite good-hearted & pure act of patriotism; bravo Yobo!

  2. Ada

    August 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Don’t promise what you cant deliver biko!

    • Bella

      August 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Ada, aah aah, he will deliver now, he has to!!

    • adelegirl

      August 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      My sentiments exactly. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver. Does he not know that there are twice as many awaiting trial inmates as there are convicted inmates? How about those who cannot be released due to the offences they are charged for while awaiting trial – like armed robbers, capital offences, terrorism offences, etc But I think he was really referring to inmates awaiting trial for minor offences or those who have been awaiting trial for years due to lack of proper legal representation.

      On a side note, Ikoyi Prison gets a lot of attention from charity organisations mainly due to its location – in the heart of upscale Lagos. Getting to Kirikiri or even Badagry Prisons in Lagos can be a hassle. I wish more charitable organisation would go to these other seemingly remote prison locations. The female prison kirikiri (which is the only female only prison in Nigeria) is a good place to start. Especially prisons with pregnant women or infants. The government does not legally recognise infants in prisons, so no special allocation is made to cater to them. They practically survive on the goodwill of charitable organisations and most times, the prison wardens.

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