Exclusive: Nigerian Inmate Suffers Stroke in Ethiopian Prison, Denied Medical Care; Others Laments Starvation and Abuse.


Written By Fex Born



A Nigerian inmate in an Ethiopian prison recently suffered a stroke and was denied medical care, according to reports.


The inmate identified as Basil Lawrence Ilobi from Delta State, is currently down with a stroke, at the Kaliti Prison in Addis Ababa.


Additionally, other inmates decry starvation and abuse, the detainees said they are suffering grave human rights abuses in the prison.


SaharaReporters had earlier reported that several Nigerian inmates have fallen ill due to malnourishment as they are allegedly fed white rice without sauce once a day, all year round.


The inmates also complained of corporal, overcrowding and lack of access to medical care, and supplicate to the Nigerian government to facilitate their transfer to prisons in Nigeria.

Lawrence is one of about 300 inmates of Nigerian descent at Kaliti’ a maximum security prison in Addis Ababa.


The inmate expressed, “We, Nigerians, are enduring immense suffering within Kaliti Prison in Ethiopia, feeling abandoned by our government. Tragically, we have mourned the loss of two fellow Nigerians within the past six months, yet our government has remained silent on the matter.”

“One of our brothers is seriously sick right now and he has been abandoned by the Ethiopian government. He has been denied access to medical care. He has a stroke and his name is Lawrence,” one of the inmates told SaharaReporters.


“Please we don’t want any of our brothers to die again because the embassy cannot do anything to help.”


“Another Nigerian, Lawrence from Delta state is currently down with stroke and the doctors in Kaliti Prison have not treated him. They asked him to pay money before they will treat him and all the Nigerians in that prison are the ones paying for their feeding. Our government should please transfer us to Nigerian prisons.”


They appealed to President Bola Tinubu’s intervention to be transferred back to Nigeria to complete their remaining jail sentences.

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