‘An 18-year-old #EndSARS activist has been charged with arson after giving birth in prison.’
.An #EndSARS protester who just gave birth to a newborn boy in its custody was charged with conspiracy, arson, riotous assembly, stealing, and intentional damage, according to the Nigeria Correctional Service’s Ondo State Command. Kemisola Oguniyi, 18, was detained, along with three others – Ayodele Bukunmi, Ojo Samuel, and Ani Obinna – during the #EndSARS protests last October and remanded in the Ondo Correctional Centre, according to the PUNCH. Oguniyi was two months pregnant when she was lodged at the facility, according to a statement signed on Thursday by the Public Relations Officer and Legal Officer of the Ondo State Command, Ogundare Babatunde.
The assertion ‘Press Statement On Kemisola Ogunniyi: The Fact In Issue’ was the title of the statement. “The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ondo State Command has been called to a viral picture of a nursing mother with her recently born infant that has been disseminated on social media platforms with malicious intent,” it read. “On the 24th November, 2020, a court of competent jurisdiction remanded the lady in question in the female custodial facility for conspiracy, arson, riotous assembly, stealing, and malicious damage, and the matter was subsequently adjourned to the 8th December, 2020 for hearing, and further adjourned to the 9th March, 2021.
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When she was detained in the facility, she was two months pregnant, and all essential medical and legal care was provided within the scope of the service’s operating directives. Her legal representatives and family members were also permitted to visit her.
“She went into labor on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, and was rushed to the Ondo State Basic Health Centre for delivery, where she gave birth around noon on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021. “She was well with the baby and was later discharged and returned to the facility for additional treatment. “It is critical for the general public to understand that the Nigeria Correctional Service will not unjustly detain any inmate without a court order, therefore the need to overlook viral photographs and false information circulating on social media in an attempt to discredit the service. “At the same time as assuring the public of the command’s commitment to
“While assuring the public of the command’s commitment to inmate care and support, State Controller Barr. S D Kinane wishes to state that the service is community friendly and will not act contrary to operational orders or the federal republic of Nigeria’s constitution. “The convict and her baby are doing well in the facility while her case is decided by a court of competent jurisdiction.”