Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, has lauded Fisayo Soyombo, an investigative journalist, for his undercover investigation exposing the level of corruption and dilapidation of Ikoyi Correction Center.
Aregbesola gave the commendation at an event in Abuja on Thursday.
Soyombo, a former editor of TheCable, spent eight days in Ikoyi Correctional Center, where he uncovered what has been labelled as the systematic rot of the criminal justice system in Nigeria.
The minister applauded Soyombo, TheCable and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) for a “fantastic job”.
Aregbesola said: “If you are thanking the EU and all those world bodies; it will be an exercise in grand deceit if we don’t recognise a fantastic job undertaken by Soyombo.
“We must recognise the fact that it is in line with the education programme that we are here celebrating …that undercover journalist which TheCable online newspaper brought out…. And I must equally commend that organisation and whoever it was that did undercover because I see it as part of the entire circle.”
Aregbesola also condemned the dehumanisation of inmates, noting that the maltreatment hinders their reformation as productive members of society.
“You cannot permit dehumanisation of confined people and expect them to be anything less than an animal when they come out. The only way you can get a sane human being out of confinement is to… (educate), and that is what we use,” he said.