The Chairman, Springtime Development Foundation, Dr. Deji Adeleke, has secured the release of about 200 inmates of the Ilesa Prison in Osun State.
The Vice-Chairman of the foundation, Mr. Banji Adesuyi, said this on Tuesday at the Ilesa Prison when the group was giving 700 mattresses and the same number of pillows to the inmates.
According to Adesuyi, Adeleke became aware that inmates of the prison were sleeping on the bare floor when he was on a visit to embattled chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Diekola Oyedele, who was detained at the prison.
He disclosed that the foundation paid for the release of inmates, who were incarcerated because they could not pay fines as low as N5,000, and no inmate convicted of crime were released.
Adesuyi said Adeleke was not prompted to secure the release of the inmates because of political reason but purely on humanitarian ground.
According to him, the foundation will not limit it to Ilesa Prison, stating that it will soon extend it to Ile-Ife Prison before moving outside the state.
The foundation’s chairman said that the organization would ensure that inmates were introduced to computer literacy, tailoring and woodwork in order to make them useful members of the society even after completing their jail terms.
“Dr. Deji Adeleke paid for the release of over 200 inmates last week when he came to visit a prominent politician, who was detained at the prison.
“A woman was detained with her baby because she could not pay a debt of N65,000, he ( Adeleke) paid the debt, the woman was released and he also gave her another N100,000 to start another trade.”