By CHRISTIANA NWAOGU, Abuja
The Controller General, Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) Jaáfaru Ahmed has approved the immediate dismissal of eight junior officers of the service for criminal conduct.
A statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore explained that affected personnel who were sacked in response to a recommendation of the zonal disciplinary committee set up by government.
According to the statement, their offences include aiding and trafficking (smuggling) prohibited items such as mobile phones, India hemp and other intoxicating substances into the prison yard for inmates.
The statement indicated that the affected officers were arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary measures and punished according to the gravity of their offences.
The statement said: “The letter signed by the officer in-charge of discipline CP O Agun Esq. on behalf of the Controller-General has IP Thomas Jatau and PA 11 Mottallem J. Yari dismissed for trafficking in mobile phones while AIP Mohammed Isah Jibril, CPA Saleh Mohammed Dan’Azare, PA 1 Umar Gusau, PA 11 Mohammed Ali Ja’Oji, PA 1 Saidu Ibrahim Gusau and PA 11 Maji Maiku got fired for trafficking in India hemp, intoxicating substances and other prohibited items.”
According to the statement, “Illegal access to mobile phones and other communication gadgets by prisoners has been of great concern to the management of the Prisons Service as various criminal activities have been perpetrated by inmates including facilitating jailbreaks and escapes. “
It noted that apart from the far reaching health implications of exposing inmates to the use of India hemp and other intoxicating substances, the act also compromises discipline and negates inmate reformation thrust of the prison.
The statement further reads, “The Controller-General wishes to appreciate officers and men of the service including members of the public for providing useful information that has continued to assist the authority in identifying unfit individuals within the ranks for appropriate action.
“The public is once again assured of humane custody of prisoners and sustainable peace and calm in all prison formations across the country as efforts are now being strengthened to guarantee adequate reformation and rehabilitation of offenders to become productive citizens on discharge.”
Recall that sometime in July, a prisons official serving in Owerri Prisons, Emmanuel Anyadike, and four others were paraded at the headquarters of the Imo State Police Command for alleged kidnapping and other criminal offences.
Parading the suspects then, the Imo State commissioner of Police, Chris Okey Ezike, said Anyadike, and others were arrested after a foiled attempt to kidnap a known politician in the state, adding that more revelations emerged during intense investigations and through whistle blowing policy adopted by his command.
LEADERSHIP gathered that these officials of the Owerri Prisons were arrested for their alleged link to a notorious kidnap kingpin, the late Henry Chibueze a.k.a, Vampire, who was coordinating kidnap activities while in the prisons command in Owerri on awaiting trial.
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