Nigeria: FG Sacks 50 Prison Officers For Jail Breaks And Inmates’ Escape

Following various jail breaks in which three quarters of core prisoners escaped from prison custody, the Federal Government has sacked 50 officers of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) from 2007 till date.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday during an interactive session with top officers and zonal coordinators of prison formations, the new Controller-General of the NPS, Alhaji Zakari Ohinoyi Ibrahim, warned officers and men of the service formations and units to be wary of security breaches, saying they were responsible for inmates’ escape.

He added that any officer, whose duty post is found to be the source of escape and riots, would be dismissed.

Ibrahim urged NPS officials to effectively secure the prisons by expanding their security strength, adding that there is need to deploy armed prison guards to tighten security and prevent future jail breaks and riots.

Ibrahim said: “All zonal controllers will be held personally responsible for untoward incidents in the discharge of the duties of officers and men under their formation, whether in the negligence of prisons control among other mandates, or related matters. Appropriate punishment and sanctions will be duly meted out without sentiments. My administration will not tolerate major security breaches. Any breach of the Prisons Act by workers will not be tolerated.”

The Prisons boss stressed that he would not rest until the seed of indiscipline which has eaten deep into the service is uprooted.

  1. BAMIDELE OLA Reply

    THESE OFFICERS NEED TO HAVE NEW TRAINING CURRICULUM THAT WOULD PREPARE THEM FOR NEW CHALLENGES. IN THE WAKE OF HIGH TECH BOMBING, ARMED INVASION OF PRISONS YOU CANNOT EXPECT A DIFFERENT OUTCOME WHEN OFFICERS AND MEN OF PRISON ARE ILL TRAINED AND ILL EQUIPPED. JUST LIKE POLICE AND ARMY ALL WARDERS AND SENIOR OFFICERS SHOULD BE ARMED TRAINED AND BE GIVEN ARMS. THIS MATTER CAME UP FOR EXECUTION OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO WHEN I WORKED IN THE PRISON SERVICE BUT ENEMIES OF PRISON KICKED AGAINST IT. DO NOT EXPECT OFFICERS WHO HAVE NO REQUISITE TRANING AND EQUIPMENTS TO CONFRONT BOMBERS, ARMED ROBBERS AND CRIMINALS WHO ARE TRAINED AND BETTER EQUIPED. THIS IS THE REALITY. ENOUGH OF TALKING.

  2. Anonymous Reply

    the government provide materials for the service

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