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.