A middle-aged woman identified as Fatima Balogun has been arrested by the operatives of the Nigerian Prisons Service in Ogun State for hiding a mobile phone wrapped in a cellophane inside a soup prepared for her boyfriend who was remanded at Abeokuta Prison.
Balogun was arrested at the entrance into the Prison yard while attempting to smuggle the phone into the prison.
This development was described by the State Controller of Prisons, Benson Abolade, as a threat to national security, saying the action was against Prison operations.
He mentioned sharp objects, drugs, weapons, handsets as some of the items prohibited in the Prisons.
The Prisons boss said the woman would be handed over to the Police for prosecution so as to serve as a deterrent to others.
Abolade told newsmen yesterday: “It is an offence to bring these articles to the yard without the permission of the Prisons officials.
“The Controller General frowns at such action because he knows that it impinges on the national security and that is why he gave a tall order that Special Intelligence Unit should be formed in all the Prisons formations nationwide.”
The suspect upon interrogation by journalists confessed to the crime that she indeed hid a phone inside a soup for her boyfriend identified as Ganiyu Ajibode who was remanded in the Prison for armed robbery.
She said, “I hid the phone inside the stew because I know they will not allow me to take it to him in the Prison. I did not know it is bad.
“I wrapped it in a cellophane bag. We have been together for two years. I live with my father having been abandoned by my husband who left me with two children. I regret my action and I plead for forgiveness.