OAU 5: Arraigned Student shares Prison Experience.

Alfred Olufemi.




Gbenga Oloniniran, one of the Five students of Obafemi Awolowo University currently facing trials in the court, shared his prison experiences.


OAU KILONSHELE reported the arraignment of the Five students, who reacted to the forceful eviction of female students out of Moremi hall on the 14th of March and were alleged of assault by the hall Warden and portals.

Gbenga, who alongside the 4 others spent about a week in Kosere Prisons, posted his experience on Facebook and WhatsApp groups.

In his post titled 'Musings from the walls', he described the food served as disgusting and under-nourishing.

" While I was in the prison. Among many terrible food, I remember with sharp disgust how we were fed with dry Garri with egusi water. I did not call it soup because the the ratio of the water to egusi was around 95:5; no salt, no oil, pepper or any other thing added, and it smelled like spoilt egg." He narrated.

"They would serve that consistently every evening. Every morning,  you get Garri and grey-coloured beans with no ingredient added except stones(i think it is always deliberate)."



"At some point in the prison, I was broken.   If I had to continue feeding on those poisonous meals, I would collapse.
At a point too,  I made effort to buy sugar to mix with the Garri we were served.  The sugar for 20 Naira was barely half the length of my thumb. I protested why it was so small, because I get five times of that for 20 Naira in Awolowo Hall.

 The seller responded, "You no say dis place na prison?" He left "catwalking". I asked other inmates if the value of money reduces in prison too.. . Lol. Even your right reduces, including your physique, they said in laughter."


Speaking on the tasks assigned to them in the prison, He added that:

" It became worse when it was our turn to do the prison service. We were to dredge a septic tank. I kept asking what offence we really committed to warrant such treatment. "

" I began to realise how psychological trauma could lead to suicide. At that point I summoned courage, if not for anything, it is to live to justify the struggle. Moreover,  there was need to encourage other colleagues that we incarcerated together, some had to look in my eyes to find strength. They did find it,  even though I was broken inwardly as well. But we stood together, not for anything but because we were never wrong to say no to the corruption in the university Manifesting in the accommodation policy, a policy that has now rendered many students homeless, among other inconveniences."

" We packed the shit from the pit and were flogged consistently when we tried to be reluctant." He stated.


However, in the concluding part, he urged saying" the students in the universities, workers  of the world and mass of the oppressed would do themselves no good but more harm by remaining calm in the face of societal oppression that has thrown host of the masses in poverty, unemployment, poor education and many more crises."

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