According to reports from The Sun, spokesperson for the Kuje inmates footballers, Delta State-born Ezenwa Arinze, would leave no one in doubt of the mental, psychological and intellectual endowment he is made of. Combining academics, football career and skill in computer maintenance and repairs were enough indicators that Arinze was a man on mission to greatness.
He was really progressing and excelling in his chosen field until August 26, 2008 when things went sour for him. The event of the day halted his upward movement.
While recounting the incidence of that faithful day, Arinze recalled how men of the FCT Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), arrested and tortured him before finally throwing him behind the high walls of the Kuje Medium Prison in 2008 . His claim is that he was thrown into prison for innocently reformatting what turned out to be a stolen laptop.
Speaking to Daily Sun when Rotary Club International Abuja Metro visited Kuje prison recently, Arinze blamed his nine-year sojourn as an awaiting trial inmate in Kuje majorly on poverty. He lamented that while he languished in the prison, the real robbers that brought the stolen laptop for reformatting as well as the person that bought the device are walking the streets of FCT freely after allegedly paying N500,000 to the security agents that arrested them . He alleged that they were freed after paying the money.
Blaming his ordeals and the circumstances that resulted in his spending nine years as awaiting trial inmate in Kuje prison basically on the inability of his family to raise the half a million naira demanded by the security agents , he recalled that after several months of selling their property , his family was able to raise only N170,000 out of the N500,000.
Arinze, a dropout of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, further expressed sadness over the actions of the security agents , alleging that even after collecting the N170,000 his family raised , they still threw and abandoned him to languish in prison for nine years .
According to him, it was obvious that Satan unleashed his ugly fangs at him while in prison when help for freedom refused to come from anywhere. He recalled how one Service Chief after another promised to intervene to secure his freedom after hearing his pathetic tales but failed to.
Quantifying what the incarceration has caused him especially losing the lady he was planning to marry, losing the love of his family members and sacrificing his academic and football career, he concluded that nature has been very cruel to him.