A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today remanded embattled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s spokesman Olisa Metuh in prison custody following his arraignment before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of his involvement in a N400 million fraud via his firm, Destra Investment Limited. With this new development, it would interest you to know that Metuh wouldn’t be the first prominent Nigerian Kuje prison would host. The prison which was established in 1989 and located in Kuje, Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has played host to several others. INFORMATION NIGERIA in this piece brings you a list of 6 prominent Nigerians to have been remanded there…
– Chairman of DAAR Communication Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi in December 2015, joined the list of eminent Nigerians to be remanded in Kuje prison. The media mongul was ordered by a judge to be remanded in Kuje prion after he was unable to meet his bail conditions.
– Pension theft: Mr. John Yusuf in 2013 was remanded in Kuje Prison. Recall that Yusuf was handed a two year jail term or fine of N750,000 for conniving with others to defraud the Police Pension Office of N27.2bn, a judgement that was highly criticised. Yusuf was later re-arraigned for fresh charges, Justice Bello had remanded him in prison custody, pending the determination of his bail application.
– Former Chairman of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Hon Faruk Lawan and House Committee Clerk, Boniface Enemalo, were remanded in Kuje prison by an Abuja High Court in February 2013. Farouk Lawan and Boniface Emenalo had been arraigned by the office of the Attorney General in a seven count charge for allegedly soliciting and collecting a bribe of $620, 000 from Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola, following a probe by the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy.
– The chief security officer to former head of state, late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and former aide to the late Chief MKO Abiola, Lateef Shofolahan were also at a time kept in Kuje Prison. He was tried and convicted for murder of Chief Kudirat Abiola by a Lagos High Court in January 2012. Al-Mustapha spent nine years and seven months in Ikoyi, Kirikiri and Kuje prison.