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A Nigerian activist from Igbokofi, Yewa-North local government area of Ogun state , Kunle Garb , who was arrested and prosecuted by Benin Republic police has narrated his ordeal in the hands his tormentors .
Garb said several attempts were made to kill him in the prison in Benin Republic including poisoning his water .
PLATFORM TIMES had earlier reported that Garb who was arrested at Igbokofi market on Thursday, June 24 in Yewa-North local government area of Ogun state about three weeks ago by Benin Republic police for resisting encroachment on the Nigeria land through Igbokofi village was released Tuesday night from Porto-Novo prisons.
PLATFORM TIMES also learnt that Garb’s interpreter, Benjamin Amosu was also arrested when he refused to do the bidding of the Beninose.
Garb and his interpreter have however been released from the prison in Port Novo, Benin Republic.
Garb in an interview with PLATFORM TIMES while narrating his experience in incarceration after his release disclosed that tap water within the premises of the prisons was poisoned .
He said he escaped being consumed by the poison by the whiskers as he did not go out as usual to brush his teeth with the poisoned tap water .
The missionary while narrating the incident said “ The day they poisoned my water too, they had thought I would come out in the morning like I used to do, I used to come out between 6:am and 6:30 in the morning to brush and go back inside.
“By that time I would have been brushing my teeth from inside and come out to rinse mouth outside and that morning I didn’t feel like going out, the boy that went out to pee and wanted to rinse his hand was the one that saw herbicide inside the water, mixed with the water inside the tank, the boy that saw it came to tell me that it was because of me that they did it, I asked how he knew, he just kept saying that, it was because of me, he said I will see that nobody will use that tap anymore and like he said it happened, the tap was locked for three days, they wanted to kill me”
The activist said just to make life difficult for him inside the prison, he was also placed among hardened criminals.
He said that they put him among people who could not speak his language (Yoruba) and they were also told not to allow anyone in his block make calls or communicate with him.
His words “ I was placed among hardened criminals, they called the prison that I should not be allowed to call anybody or speak to anybody.
“All the inmates in my block should not make calls, I was placed among prisoners who are citizens of Benin republic,(the Eguns) so that I won’t be able to communicate with anybody.
“As God we have it, I had ministered to a boy when I was in the cell and he gave his life to Christ and when he went to the court the next day, he was sentenced, he was given two years imprisonment he is an Egun and he was already among the Eguns and was where I was to be placed in, so, when I got to the prison, he called me and he had pity on me saying daddy they brought you to this place ? This is not good o.
“So, when they were to put me in a prison room , I was placed in the guy’s room and all of them they are Eguns but they didn’t know that the boy and three others in the room could speak Yoruba.
“Before I entered the room, they have special prisoner over there, there are some that are specially treated, some are prisoners who are serving life imprisonment like that, those ones are privileged to hold some post and positions in the prison.*