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May 30, 2024

Bolo, 14-Year-Old Inmate Cry For Help

By Ahmad Tijjani Abdul

Abdullahi Surajo, aka Bolo, a 14-year-old boy languishing at Kurmawa Maximum prison, has appealed to Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf to intervene to set him free from prison.

Bolo who spoke to Reporters midweek at the prison during a visit by the IG Special Taskforce (Police Duty Solicitors Scheme) said ” tell our governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf to help me out of this hell at the centre of the city because I’ve been denied access to justice “.

Bolo who admitted to have in concert with others now at large forcefully dispossessed a lady of her phone at Naibawa Quarters tearfully explained that “my condition as you can see is critical, deep inside me, I know I’m slowly dying here, and only the timely intervention of our amiable governor can save my life”.

He said “I need an opportunity to sincerely repent to Allah, and as well apologies to my victims, show a new leave to enable me contribute positively to the society.”

Bolo who couldn’t control his emotions during the brief encounter with Journalists said ” I’m an orphan in a house of my uncle with my siblings, alongside 33 other members of the extended family where I was exposed to depravity, and excruciating poverty amidst dwindling revenue of our uncle who retired from public service last year.”

Surajo said “I’m the youngest here in this facility, I’ve spent a year, and couple of months here and because of absence of legal representations at the court, authority hardly take me to court again.

He revealed that “On one or two occasions they did, the usual routine was where is his lawyer, take him back to remand.”

Bolo explained “Unfortunately, there is nothing reformatory in this facility, the senior boys are here, while the day to day life here is exposed one to hellish life”

He alleged that he has been abandoned by his family at a point, I was taken to court, and none of my relatives has set their footsteps here since I was incarcerated”.

Abdullahi Surajo aka Bolo said “Ever since I was hounded here, I’ve been on one cloth, personal hygiene is something else, and of course no one cares, but the lesson of life is that I’ve cheated myself for getting involved in crime and criminality so early in life”

Bolo, however refused to comment on experience of life at the facility, adding that ” it’s evident, life here isn’t pleasant, and to say it’s hell may not be far from the truth” .

Bolo used the opportunity to plead with those he has crossed their part wrongly to forgive him, stressing that ” I regret the unsavoury role in my life”.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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