The controller general of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has approved the dismissal of three junior prisons officers for smuggling prohibited items capable of compromising security, into the prison yard.
According to a statement signed by the service public relations officer, DCP Francis Enobore, those affected are IP Samaila Inusa, PA 11 Jonathan Ibrahim and PA 11 Adamu Jethro.
The statement for their dismissal explained that the dismissal followed the recommendation of the zonal disciplinary committee that found the officers guilty of secreting illicit items such as Indian hemp (cannabis) and other intoxicants into the prison for inmates.
“It should be noted that, apart from fuelling indiscipline and health hazard on the inmates, access to cannabis and intoxicants has been implicated in a number of escapes and jailbreaks recorded in the past, thus jeopardising security of life and property of innocent personnel and inmates, including the larger society,” the statement noted.
While describing the controller general’s action as a swift and sincere move to sanitise the service, the statement stated that the prisons’ boss has resolved to ensure that proven cases of indiscipline against any personnel, particularly on offences that are capable of causing security breach, are promptly meted with appropriate sanctions according to law.
It stated that, while this action is to serve as deterrence to would be incorrigible individuals, the Ahmed further warned that stiffer punishment awaits anyone found guilty of compromising standards and good conduct expected of a correction officer.
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