Single Mother Caught Hiding Phone Inside Soup to Deliver to Boyfriend in Prison

A Nigerian woman has been nabbed after it was found out that she had hidden a mobile phone inside a container of soup she was trying to smuggle to her boyfriend in prison.

Fatima Balogun, a 33-year-old single mother, was on Wednesday arrested by prison officials as she tried smuggling the phone to her robbery suspect lover at Ibara Prisons, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The woman was arrested at the prison’s gate lodge by the Special Intelligence Unit of Nigerian Prisons, Abeokuta Maximum Prisons. 

Addressing newsmen yesterday, the state Comptroller of Prisons, CP Benson Abolade, said the action was a threat to national security, which he said is taken seriously by the Comptroller General.

Abolade said the suspect was arrested for trafficking in Prison, which he said was against the Prison operations. He said some articles like handsets, weapons, drugs, sharp objects among others are prohibited from the Prisons, noting that “it is an offence to bring these articles to the yard without the permission of the Prison Officials.”

He said the Command has contacted the Police for her prosecution to serve as deterrent to others.

Speaking with newsmen during her parade, the suspect confirmed that she hid the phone in the soup to take to her boyfriend, identified as Ganiyu Ajibode. Balogun disclosed that she has two children for the suspect, while they were married, before he eloped with another woman four years ago.

The suspect, who said she lives in Fagba, Iju-Saga in Lagos, said she has never visited the Prisons since her ex-husband was remanded for robbery six months ago, denying that the man asked her to bring the phone to him in the prison.

Her words: “I hid it in the stew because I know they will not allow me to take it to him in the Prisons. I did not know it is bad. I wrapped it in cellophane bag.

“We have been together for two years. I live with my father. I regret my action and hope that the government forgives me.”