Detained former deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, has been rejecting prison food brought to him by the Nigerian Correctional Service since his bail application was denied again on Monday, March 27 and was remanded in prison custody.
According to Punch news, the suspended police chief and his co-defendants have been settling down in the custodial centre but sources said the Kyari has largely kept to himself since his arrival on Monday, following that bail denial by a Federal High Court siting in Abuja.
The trial judge, Justice Emeka Nwike, held that the NDLEA has submitted a numerous amount of evidence which makes it impossible to grant a bail to Kyari and his colleagues. Justice Emeka Nwike ordered the NDLEA to transfer Kyari and the four other policemen on trial with him to prison custody.
An officer said of the prison where Kyari was transferred to, said;
“We suspected that he may not eat the food being served here. So, we were not surprised when he opted for the food prepared by his wife or family members.
“His presence has, however, generated excitement in the facility. Many inmates who had had some encounters with him and others who heard about his ongoing trial have been discussing the fact that a senior policeman like him was remanded in Kuje where some individuals he investigated are also serving time.”
The NCoS spokesman, Francis Enobore, said inmates facing prosecution had the right to eat food prepared by their family members, noting that they are free to provide their food by themselves.
He stated, “Our law allows us to request any inmate who wishes to do self-feeding to apply through a formal application to the officer in-charge of the custodial centre. Subject to the approval of the official in-charge, the applicant will make arrangements with whoever he wishes to bring food for him.
“The caveat is that if the person fails to bring food, he would not be fed from the service’s kitchen. Again, whoever is bringing his food; it is compulsory the person tastes the food in the presence of the officer conducting the visit to ensure that the food is wholesome before passing it over to the inmate.”