Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Torwua Suswam, has stated that he wants Nigeria political leaders to spend at least two days in prison to understand the problems of the country and become proper leaders.
Suswam made the statement on Tuesday while making his contribution to a motion sponsored by Sen. Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra), on the need to upgrade, decongest, and disinfect the prisons nationwide.
Recalling his experience, Suswam said: “I want to support this motion based on my experience and when I left, I recommended that for people to be proper leaders in this country, at least each and every one of us must spend one or two days in prison.”
Suswam said, “I went there; they took me there in the night. The following day in the morning, the entire prison knew I was there.”
He further revealed that he met several young people who had spent years in prison, which their demeanour can easily be dismissed.
“There was a young man who has spent 10 years there for just a problem of N10,000. Various individuals were there on very minor offences that the police can afford to correct them and send them home,” he said.
He also said, “I made it a point of duty that when I left that place, for the next one month, I took close to 20 young people out of that place. It didn’t take anything, just pay the money and send them back to court.”
Sen. Rochas Okorocha (APC Imo) in support of the motion said that Nigerian prisons are the worst kind of man’s inhumanity to man.
Other contributions included Sen. Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East) who lamented that the Correctional Service Centres in Nigeria are “colleges for hardened criminals.”
He said, “People become hardened criminals. Prisons are owned by the government and the correctional centres should be owned by individuals.”
However, the Senate has resolved that the federal government should encourage private participation in the development of Correctional Centres nationwide.