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Nigeria island prison offers nations dark history

center_img ___Associated Press writer Lekan Oyekanmi contributed to this report.___Jon Gambrell can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jongambrellap. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Under a Buhari decree, anyone deemed by the military government to be a security risk could be imprisoned. Though such sentences were to last only a few months, many saw themselves detained indefinitely in Nigeria’s mismanaged prisons.Those deemed to be a major risk politically found themselves taken to Ita Oko by helicopter, where they worked on the farm and had no contact with the outside world, Agbakoba said. Even today, as the country has become a democracy with the guise of free information laws, it remains unclear how many inmates died on the prison island.“It was abused by prison authorities,” Agbakoba said. “If you misbehave, they said we’ll send you as punishment to” the island.In 1988, the wife of one inmate who discovered her husband had been sent there slipped a note to Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. Soyinka was on the board of Agbakoba’s Civil Liberties Organization, which later traveled to the island with a journalist from The Guardian newspaper who published a story exposing the prison. Authorities quickly closed the prison.In recent years, Lagos state government said it invested about $1 million to rehabilitate the island into a training center for gang members, known locally as “area boys.” But a recent trip to the island by Associated Press journalists found some of the buildings in ruins after what looked like an attack. Fire destroyed some areas, with television sets and other equipment broken on the ground. State government files littered the floor, though a wall clock continued to run on a battery _ suggesting whatever happened occurred recently. 0 Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top holiday drink recipeslast_img

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