House of Representatives to investigate the state of Nigerian Prisons under Rauf Aregbesola

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Reformation Services to investigate the state of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

This motion comes barely a day after the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, slammed his erstwhile political leaders and associates. The former governor was captured in a video speaking in the Ijebu Jesa area of Osun State while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress ahead of Saturday’s governorship primary election in the state declaring an end to Tinubu’s dynasty in Osun.

The development on Wednesday followed a motion of urgent national importance by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu.

During plenary, concerns were raised about the “deteriorating” working conditions of staff, as well as the welfare of inmates.

The lawmakers also noted that the Arms Unit of the service still parades substandard weapons, despite the N1 billion budget provision in the 2020/2021 budget.

Aregbesola, who was governor of Osun State from 2010 to 2018, declared that enough is enough for the politics of godfatherism and enthronement.

Addressing APC members loyal to his faction on Monday in Ijebu Jesa in Osun, the minister said no man can terrify him, accusing Oyetola of working against the party and supporters. He also insisted that Oyetola, whom he insinuated was Tinubu’s younger brother, would be thrown out of office.

Aregbesola said, “Only God can terrify us, not man. Go and tell them wherever they are, we own this party. We own this Afenifere group. We own this people-loving group started by our patriarchs — (Obafemi) Awolowo and Bola Ige. This is Elder Akande’s group before he temporarily left us. This is our party. Stop calling yourself a factional group; you are not a faction; you are the authentic APC.”

He thereafter launched a political song to drive home his point; Bye-bye to jagba-jagba, rede rede (nonsense).

The former governor said, “We came back home to reposition our party to where it was meant to be because we followed the leading of our leader that we thought was a noble and reliable fellow. We followed him (Tinubu) dutifully with all sense of loyalty. Some people even thought that we were no longer Muslims because of how we cooperated with him. We dealt with him without treachery but we never knew he planned evil for us. We exalted him beyond his status and he turned himself to a god over us and we had sworn to ridicule anyone who compare himself to God. God has no competitor; He is enough to be God.

“We built this party on perseverance as well as sweat and blood. We lost a lot of people in this struggle but eventually, we came into government on November 27, 2010. We were in government for eight years and governed according to the measure of God’s grace, everybody in Osun enjoyed our tenure.”

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