Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja

The Nigeria Prison Service has said only unconvicted prisoners on admission can be allowed to feed themselves after applying to the Superintendent in charge of the prison.

This is coming on the heels of a story making rounds that all prisoners are doing self feeding, which the Service has since debunked.

A statement signed by the Service’s spokesperson, DCP Francis Enobore, said: “I wish to correct the statement credited to the Prisons Public Relations Officer, DCP Francis Enobore which was widely reported in some news media: “… It is a standard practice to allow inmates to provide their food themselves”.

“The reporters apparently quoted part of a response to an enquiry on whether an inmate could apply for self-feeding. The response was that an unconvicted prisoner on admission, is usually told that he may be supplied with food at his own expense or at the expense of his friends (self-feeding) if he does not want to eat the food provided by the prisons authority.

“He however has to apply to the superintendent in-charge of the prison for approval and for any meal for which he is supplied at his own expense, he shall not be supplied with the ordinary prison ration, neither shall he receive any ration in lieu of failure on the part of his people to supply his meal and such prisoner shall be restricted to his own food, not a mixture. Other conditions surrounding the arrangement are also made known to the inmate. This power is derived from The Nigerian Prisons Service Standing Order 237.”