The Ogun State Nigerian Prisons Service has arrested a middle-aged woman, Fatima Balogun for hiding a mobile phone wrapped in a cellophane inside a soup prepared for her boyfriend who was remanded at Abeokuta prison for armed robbery.
The State Controller of Prisons, Benson Abolade desrcibed the act as against the operations of the prison and a threat to national security.
Abolade said objects such as weapons, drugs, handsets and some other items are not allowed in prisons.
Abolade who disclosed this to journalists yesterday, said, “It is an offence to bring these articles to the yard without the permission of the Prisons officials.
“The Controller General frowns at such action because he knows that it impinges on the national security and that is why he gave a tall order that Special Intelligence Unit should be formed in all the Prisons formations nationwide.”
The suspect therefore, confessed to the crime, saying she indeed hid a phone inside a soup for her boyfriend, Ganiyu Ajibode who was remanded in the Prison for armed robbery.
“I hid the phone inside the stew because I know they will not allow me to take it to him in the Prison. I did not know it is bad.
“I wrapped it in a cellophane bag. We have been together for two years. I live with my father having been abandoned by my husband who left me with two children. I regret my action and I plead for forgiveness,” she said.
The police boss said the woman would be handed over to the Police for prosecution so as to serve as a deterrent to others.