From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri
Sequel to the report of alleged sexual abuse of female inmates by prisons officials at the Owerri Prison, female inmates have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, for compulsory pregnancy test.
The female convicts and those on awaiting trial, it was gathered, were being taken to the hospital on the directive of the Comptroller General of Prisons, Zakari Ibrahim, who sent a delegation to Owerri prisons, to ascertain the veracity of the alleged sexual misconduct between prison officials and the inmates.
According to an impeccable source, who pleaded anonymity, the parents of a particular inmate, who came to visit their convicted child were shocked to see her in advanced stage of pregnancy.
The source disclosed: “When the girl was brought to the prison, no one noticed that she was pregnant until a few months later. When her parents came to visit her, they were shocked to find out that she was pregnant. I think that is why the management is conducting the pregnancy test.”
When contacted, the state Prison Controller, Reverend Cannon Isaiah Amaliri, could not confirm or deny the report.
Nobody at the Federal Medical Centre agreed to speak on the matter.
Meanwhile, a source that pleaded anonymity, confirmed that prison authorities had used the FMC, Owerri in the past for pregnancy tests.