Adeleke secures release of 200 prison inmates
Founder and Pro-Chancellor, Adeleke University, Ede, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke
The Chairman, Springtime Development Foundation, Dr. Deji Adeleke, has secured the release of about 200 inmates of the Ilesa Prison in Osun State.
The Vice-Chairman of the foundation, Mr. Banji Adesuyi, said when the group was donating 700 mattresses and the same number of pillows to the inmates at the Ilesa Prison on Tuesday
Adesuyi said Adeleke became aware that inmates of the prison were sleeping on the bare floor when he went to pay a visit to an embattled chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Diekola Oyedele, who was detained at the prison.
He explained that the foundation paid for the release of inmates, who were incarcerated because they could not pay fines as low as N5,000.
He stressed that the foundation did not secure the release of any inmate convicted because of crime.
Adesuyi said Adeleke was not prompted to secure the release of the inmates because of political reason but purely on humanitarian ground.
According to him, the foundation the gesture with not be limited to Ilesa Prison, he said that it will soon extend the same gesture to Ile-Ife Prison before moving outside the state.
The foundation’s chairman said that the organisation would ensure that inmates were introduced to computer literacy and other skills such as tailoring and woodwork. He said this will ensure that they become useful members of the society even after completing their jail terms.
Adesuyi said, “Dr. Deji Adeleke gave a woman N100,000 to start a trade and paid her N65,000 debt which she was detained for.
The Managing Director of the foundation, Samuel Oyalabu, said Adeleke’s gesture should spur other Nigerians to do the little they could to alleviate the suffering of the poor.