Scamming vs. Prison

The question: "Is the juice worth the squeeze?" Everyday we are hearing of more arrests of 419 scammers as well as others trying their hand at separating innocent victims from their money. Many of these scammers think they will never get caught or it is a game they play, until the day comes when the police tote them off to a Nigerian jail or another African jail.

Can you put a price on Freedom? Ask the prisoners in any jail if they would commit the crime again I would say the largest percentage would hang their heads in shame and say NO!

Due to more vigorous actions with law enforcement and sites like AFI we are starting to fill the already overcrowded African jails with scammers. Almost daily we are hearing of arrests of individuals and groups of people who thought they were untouchable.

If you are a scammer you need to read this before you head out the door to your nearest Cafe' and start hitting the keyboard. It's not IF it will happen, it's WHEN it will happen. Rest assured the game is over and prison awaits and so does many of the consequences when you get there!

NIGERIA: In overcrowded prisons, survival is a daily battle

KADUNA, 11 January (IRIN) - As visitors approach the death row block at Kaduna's central prison in northern Nigeria, a sea of hands waving tin cups automatically jerk through the bars of the dark cells.

"Get back!" shouts the prison guard at the 118 detainees crammed inside a dilapidated building originally meant to house 33. Up to three inmates live in less than four square metres of space. An overpowering stench of urine and mould billows out into the courtyard.

In the turmoil of the shouts some of the prisoners draw back to their spots on a tattered mat on the floor that aside from a few plastic bowls is the only object in the cell.

But the guard is jumpy and cuts short the visit, prohibiting any further interaction with the detainees.

Rights organisations working in Nigerian prisons - and even prison officials themselves - say the conditions of death row inmates do not fulfil even minimum international human rights standards.

In Kaduna prison, death row inmates are locked up all day long, said Festus Okoye, executive director of Human Rights Monitor (HRM), a group based in the northern city.

"They are allowed out only rarely, for a few minutes, one by one," he said. Meanwhile some prisoners collect the buckets used as toilets.

Most of the death row inmates are utterly alone and never receive visitors - their families living too far away and having abandoned them for fear of being associated with their crimes, rights group sources say. Some simply cannot pay the 'visiting rights' fee charged by the wardens.

Nigeria this year acknowledged the sorry state of its jails, announcing plans to free some 25,000 inmates still awaiting trial - some for as long as 10 years - in a bid to relieve overcrowding and bad conditions.

The move could ease conditions for those left waiting on death row for years. Since Nigeria legalised capital punishment in 1999, only one prisoner has been executed by the state in northern Nigeria, with authorities openly reticent to carry through with executions, according to HRM.

Nigeria countrywide has 548 prisoners awaiting capital punishment - 10 of them women - among a total 40,000 detainees, according to Ernest Ogbozor of Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Nigeria's largest prisoners' rights organisation.

Under Nigerian law, crimes punishable by death include armed robbery, murder and treason. Islamic Sharia law, in force in 12 northern Nigerian states, also calls for the death penalty in other crimes such as adultery.

If conditions for death row inmates are harsh, they are hardly any better for other prisoners. For the sick and weak, incarceration can be tantamount to a sentence to death.

"The two main problems in Nigerian prisons are overpopulation and lack of food," said Hassan Saidi Labo, assistant to Nigeria's prison inspector general.

Kaduna is a clear example. In December 2005, 957 detainees were crammed in 10 buildings designed for about 550 people.

Labo says some prisons hold up to four times their capacity.

In such conditions, just surviving is a daily battle, according to 54-year-old Felix Obi who was condemned to 27 years in prison in 1986 for drug trafficking. He spent 13 years and three months behind bars in the economic capital, Lagos, before benefiting from an amnesty in 1999.

"You fight for a scrap of blanket, a piece of soap, a bit of food or medicine if you get sick," said Obi, who now works with PRAWA.

"Prisoners fight for space on the floor to sleep, they fight not to become depressed, and not to be victims of violence. They fight to survive."

Monitoring by outside groups has had some impact. Since prisons were opened to religious and humanitarian organisations more than 10 years ago, the prison death rate has fallen from 1,500 per year in the late 1980s to 89 deaths in 2003, according to authorities.

Still the risk of death in prison remains high, particularly because of lack of food, said Harp Damulak, the Kaduna prison hospital doctor.

The daily ration generally consists of a bowl of beans in the morning then cassava in the afternoon and evening. Prisons have a budget of 150 Naira (US $1.15) per prisoner per day.

But this small amount does not necessarily get to all prisoners. Supply is in the hands of subcontractors who - poorly paid, acknowledge prison officials - sometimes dip into the goods, according to PRAWA and HRM.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says a prison employee earns about 6,000 Naira ($45) per month at the start, earning a maximum of about 40,000 Naira monthly at the end of a career. As a consequence corruption is common.

Lack of food moreover aggravates already poor hygiene conditions. Damulak said that malnutrition makes prisoners highly vulnerable to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis or skin diseases caused by lack of hygiene.

The situation is the same for women inmates in Kaduna prison, where 18 women live in two cells, sleeping on iron beds stacked one atop another, some without mattresses. The bathroom has long been without running water.

"We are devoured by mosquitoes, we all suffer malaria but don't have bed nets and the hospital has no medicine except paracetamol," said Zainab, 32, who has been incarcerated since April. "There is nothing. Even sanitary napkins - we have to share one between two women every month, or even every two months."

Prison conditions weigh heavily on the detainees, often causing depression and other psychological problems, according to Damulak. And prison personnel are not trained to handle such issues, he said.

To survive in their environment, some prisoners have taken things into their own hands.

"They have created a veritable government," HRM's Okoye said. "One prisoner is president, another police chief, another head of justice." He added that some prison officials see the initiative as a positive thing because it helps foster order in the institutions.

Former prisoner Obi said, "Some [prison 'leaders'] invent rules that are impossible to follow." Punishment generally comes in the form of an order to do chores, such as washing the clothes of 'chiefs,' but often prisoners pay for misdeeds by being beaten or even sexually assaulted.

Despite efforts by inmates to impose some sort of organisation, prison riots are common, PRAWA's Ogbozor said.

"In the past six months we have seen five riots in prisons across the country - all linked mostly to the lack of food for detainees."

Under the recently announced plan to release prisoners, those who have spent three to 10 years awaiting trial will have their cases reviewed for immediate release. Also eligible will be the elderly, the terminally ill and those with HIV, as well as people locked up for longer than the prospective sentence for their crime.

Among those who have languished in prisons for years, human rights activists say, are some who were picked up by mistake or for very minor infractions and simply could not pay a fine.

De Master Yoda

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Bubba the bride?

I think the least they could do is invite us to the wedding! after all we introduced Bubba to his latest cell friend!:ballchain: :40k:


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Very fetching. He certainly fills out a gown. We do need to work on that bustline. I guess he is pre-op. I don't think the neckline is his style. It doesn't work for him. The sleeves are fine. He needs some work on the accessories too. Shades just don't cut it for ANY bubba. Also the beard needs to go but the op will take care of that. As for the hair, I hope he isn't suffering from male pattern baldness because that doesn't work either. Long hair is a turn-on, even for a bubba.
This is the line from the Western Union office. They told these "former" scammers the "check is in the mail"! Then waited for them,rounded them up gave them matching outfits and introduced them to Bubba.They certainly look healthy since they don't sit around in a smoke filled Cafe' any longer.

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More good news!

Inside Kenya's 'worst' prison

As a new government considers sweeping reforms to Kenya's much criticised justice system, BBC News Online's Gray Phombeah is allowed several hours within the walls of one of the country's most notorious jails.

Nairobi Prison is a maze of chain-link fences, razor wire and guard towers in the city's busy industrial area.

There are 12 inmates here in this cell meant for only three people
Prison official David Mwania
Inside, the first roll-call, to ensure all inmates are accounted for, is under way.

In quick succession, iron doors open to reveal hundreds of half naked bodies, pressed together on the concrete floor of their cells.

Their cages are filled with the fetid smell of sweat, dirt and human waste.

Evidence that the prison is being choked with inmates, some on short sentences and others waiting to appear in court, is not exactly hard to find.

Here more than 3,000 inmates - 3,800 on today's count - share a prison designed for only 800 prisoners. The daily budget: $0.30 per prisoner.

"This is the worst congested prison in the country," says David Mwania, who is in charge of Nairobi Prison, built in 1911.

In the capital wing, housing more than 400 inmates facing the capital punishment, dozens of inmates are herded into tiny cells with the capacity for between one and five prisoners.

Prison cell in another Kenyan jail
Kenyan prisons are notoriously overcrowded
"There are 12 inmates here in this cell meant for only three people," Mr Mwania says, pointing to an old, stinking cell.

"There are only two mattresses and no blankets."

One of the inmates is 30-year-old John Njoroge Njagi, who has been here for four years, facing a charge of robbery with violence, a capital offence.

"I haven't put on my clothes because we've been sweating throughout the night," he says.

"Four years on, my case is still pending in court and I am still here."

It is breakfast time - a mixture of boiled water and maize flour with no sugar is served in the open air grounds of the prison.

Thousands of inmates in tattered prison uniforms, and some in civilian clothes, emerge from their cells.

I don't think any human being can survive here.
Nigerian prisoner Colin Alexander
This is the frontline of the prison overcrowding crisis in Kenya. You can sense the tension here.

"As you can see, some of them have no prison uniform - this is another problem here, " says David Mwania.

"We don't have enough uniform for all prisoners."

In one prison ward, 250 squatting inmates serving short sentences, are crammed into one room meant for only 50 prisoners sharing only five mattresses.

The prison is also home for nationals of other countries. Colin Alexander from Nigeria has been here for eight months, surviving on half-cooked ugali, Kenyans' staple food, awaiting trial:

"This is the worst prison I have ever seen. Everything about this place is bad, including the treatment from the wardens.

"We are surviving by the grace of God - I don't think any human being can survive here."

And men of God are also doing time here - people like Bishop Makhokha of a home-grown church, who claims he was arrested during the December election campaign after his congregation stoned former President Daniel arap Moi's motorcade in Kakamega, western Kenya.

"I spend my time here preaching and spreading the word of God," he says.

But not many have found consolation in religion.

Fifty-two-year-old Thuo Thiong'o - popularly known as TT - has been here for four years facing a charge of murder. He says sodomy, a criminal offence in Kenya, is common in the prison:

Many are waiting for a trial date
"Because of congestion, people here sleep pressed body to body and this body contact leads to these kind of tendencies."

But the Nairobi jail, like many other facets of Kenyan life, is also catching the wave of freedom after the collapse of former President Moi's 24-year rule.

Thiong'o and his fellow inmates are now demanding change.

"You can't solve any problem here without dealing with congestion. Also we want provision for basic necessities - blankets, for example, mattresses, good food, and we want a prisoner-friendly system and law, and less delays in processing our cases in court," Thiong'o says.

"We are not here thinking about sex. But if other countries can make provision for an inmate to meet his wife while in jail - Why not us? We would also like that."


It is lunchtime and the prison staff conduct the second roll call of the day.

The smell of ugali and boiled vegetables mingling with the overpowering stench of raw sewage is everywhere.

Until now, little was known about what went on inside prison walls in Kenya.

new arrivals
There is no room for the new arrivals
For many years, concerns have been raised over the inhuman conditions in Kenyan jails and claims of torture, brutality and congestion have been frequent.

Since coming to power two months ago, the new Narc government, which overthrew Kanu after four decades in power, has promised to review the prison system and improve the living conditions of more than 50,000 prisoners in the country.

But for now, the brutality and negligence which have been so present at Nairobi Prison is the hallmark of jails throughout Kenya.

Mr Mwania, who has been in the prison service for 20 years, sums up the frustrations shared by the prison staff and prisoners:

"The story is the same everywhere in our jails. Congestion because of delays in court cases, leading to more and more congestion. Lack of funds to provide for basic essentials for inmates. Simply, the system cannot cope anymore."

De Master Yoda

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A treat for the scammers and yahoo boyz

As Mr Natural says Big Bubba is a BIG guy. After the scammers finish reading the post about life in jails and what they can look forward to, they may be thrilled to see a picture of Big Bubba.
I can assure any scammers that he has a special type of greeting reserved for them.:rolleyes:

Thanks to Mr natural and Ben for their contributions in bringing Big Bubba to light!;)

He's pretty scary in the light DMY. It bet he's even more scary when the lights go out *wink, if ya know what I mean! ;)

Just wanted to add this quote for those scammers out there to think about,

In quick succession, iron doors open to reveal hundreds of half naked bodies, pressed together on the concrete floor of their cells.

Their cages are filled with the fetid smell of sweat, dirt and human waste.
Taken from the first post, the article about Nigerian prisons. Makes one wonder if this scamming business is worth your dignity?

De Master Yoda

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Big Bubba's victory song

When nighttime comes you here them howl.
Inside the cell Big Bubba is on the prowl.

The yahoo boyz let out a scream.
A fresh new cellmate is Bubba's dream.

They did cheat and they did wrong
Listen now to their new song.

They wanted to be a yahoo boy
Now they are Bubba's new toy.

Guymen they were In Lagos town
In De cell they are held down.

A life of ease they did plan
not being a slave to this man.

Inside the cell they do not like the view
You cheated victims now who is De MUGU?

De Master Yoda

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Big Bubba is a fun guy?

I did hear that Big Bubba was quite a raver in his youth.
However there were early indications of his 'orientation' even in those early days.:rolleyes: