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Collapsed bridge: Prison inmates boycott Courts session



Movement of prison inmates to courts from Mandalla prison in Asa local government area, suburb of Ilorin, the state capital has been halted  due to the collapsed of the Moro bridge .

The Officer in charge of the prison, Alhaji Abayomi  Gbadamosi,  disclosed this on Monday at Mandalla while speaking with journalists.

He lamented that apart from the inability of the prison’s management to move inmates to court in llorin, the development had paralysed other activities at the prison.

“Operationally, the prison cannot make its statutory  representation in various courts in llorin since the collapsed of the bridge”, he said.

Gbadamosi also said he could not take the risk of transporting the prison inmates through  alternative routes which he described as long, risky and tiresome.

According to him, “It is basically not safe to carry our inmates through unofficial roads, whatever happen to them would not be explainable by me and to play safe we decided not to go to courts at all.

“The prison authority will take the warrants of inmates who supposed to appear in court during this period to seek for another adjournment  dates.”

The prison warder further said the situation had compelled the prison authority to reduce three shifts for its worker to two to enable them walk through the river during the day time.

He  appealed however to Kwara state government to put palliative measure in place to make the bridge motorable, pending the time the federal government will commence total construction work on the bridge.

Gbadamosi therefore noted that the site of the bridge has been taken over by touts extorting money from people passing through the area on foot.
The bailey  bridge popularly called Moro bridge that links Oyo state with Kwara collapsed last week Monday.

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