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TheCable at 7 Impact Stories Series (3): The undercover job that shook Ikoyi prison and beyond

TheCable at 7 Impact Stories Series (3): The undercover job that shook Ikoyi prison and beyond
April 26
14:49 2021

Seven, they say, is the number of perfection. At TheCable, our seventh anniversary offers a unique opportunity to celebrate our strive towards perfection and excellence in the media space.

For these seven years since April 29, 2014, we’ve published under-reported and impact-driven stories, broken excellent stories, explored innovative ideas and covered new grounds that were scarcely highlighted in the industry.

Like the favourite hymnal, this is our story, this our song. We will be highlighting seven of our special stories that have made a huge impact, driven change and sparked public discourse in Nigeria.

EXPOSING GRAND CORRUPTION AND IRREGULARITIES IN NIGERIA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

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For the author, it is a story of torture and near-death experience. The result of spending two weeks in detention — five days in a police cell and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — is the exposure of systematic corruption and irregularities in Nigeria’s criminal justice sector. It begins with the rot in a Lagos police station where the criminal franchise revolves around bribery, bail for sale, while innocent civilians are held and criminals are recycled. Then, the plot moves to how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates. At the Ikoyi prisons, warders feed fat on the cash-and-carry operations. The entire value reeks of stench and despair.

YOU CAN READ THE FULL STORY HERE: FIRST PART, SECOND PART AND THIRD PART.

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