Okike Chinyere, a female inmate of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Lagos State Command, has bagged a second-class upper degree as the best graduating student, from the Department of Peace and Conflict Resolution, National Open University, NOUN.

National Open University of Nigeria.

Similarly, another inmate, Alegbe Afolabi was also awarded a Masters of Science in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the same institution.

In his vote of thanks, one of the graduating inmates, Nweke Chibueze, thanked the Controller General, Haliru Nababa, and the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Olufemi Peters, for the opportunity. He, however, pleaded for clemency for the graduating students so they can be freed to give their quota to the country’s development.

The state Controller of Correctional Service, AdewaleAdebisi, while speaking during the presentation of the Bachelor of Science certificate to eight graduands from the Lagos Command, urged them to imbibe the virtues of education.

According to him, incarceration should not stop them from dreaming, telling them to use the “opportunity available while in detention to better their lives so that when they are released, they can contribute positively to the society”.

Story: Asma’u Sani