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Blind inmate miraculously receives sight at Ikoyi Custodial Centre

A visually impaired inmate at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi, regained his sight following a successful surgery conducted within the facility, revealed Julius Ogueri, Deputy Controller of Corrections (DCC) in charge of the centre. This heartening development was the result of collaborative efforts involving well-meaning Nigerians, NGOs, churches, officials, and fellow inmates.

DCC Ogueri disclosed this on Sunday at a special Thanksgiving and Awards Ceremony of the Ikoyi Custodial Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, “We are here for each other, irrespective of where we may find ourselves. Custodial centres are for human beings who also deserve care, love, and attention.” The successful surgery, carried out three years after the onset of the visual impairment, showcases the impact of collective support and care.

He emphasised the need for ongoing collaboration in the reformation and empowerment of inmates, acknowledging the limitations of government efforts alone. “There is, therefore, the need for more collaboration in the area of needs interventions,” he urged, highlighting the importance of communal involvement for a secure and progressive society.


DCC Ogueri expressed gratitude for the miraculous restoration of the inmate’s sight, attributing it to collaborative efforts and the divine intervention of God. He called on individuals to contribute in their ways, fostering a sense of belonging and support for those within custodial centres.

As part of the larger society, inmates deserve attention that facilitates their integration into the developmental agenda of their communities and the country at large, asserted DCC Ogueri. On the occasion, the custodial centre inaugurated various projects, including two boreholes, a solitary cell, a refurbished ambulance, and the Correctional Education Special Centre.

In his remarks on the occasion, Rev. Ben-Rabbi Freedman, Controller of Correction, Lagos State Command, emphasised the need to change perceptions about the role of correctional centres. He highlighted the challenges faced, including a lack of understanding and support, and called for continuous collaboration to empower inmates and facilitate their successful reintegration into society.

Freedman appreciated those who have shown understanding and commitment by investing resources into the facility and supporting individuals rejected by society. He encouraged ongoing collaboration, inviting individuals to visit the facilities and engage with officers to identify areas for potential intervention and support.


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