The Controller-General of Prisons, Jaáfaru Ahmed has approved the recommendation of the Zonal Disciplinary Committee for the dismissal of eight junior officers for various offences, including smuggling of prohibited items such as mobile phones, India hemp and other intoxicating substances into the prison yard for inmates.
The letter signed by the officer in-charge of discipline, CP O Agun, on behalf of the Controller-General, named IP Thomas Jatau and PA 11 Mottallem J. Yari as being dismissed for smuggling into the prison yard, mobile phones even as 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 were sacked for allegedly taking into the yard for prisoners, Indian hemp, intoxicating substances and other prohibited items.
A statement by thd spokesman of the Service, DCP Francis Enobore of behalf of the Controller-General of Prison, said that illegal access to mobile phones and other communication gadgets by prisoners has been of great concern to the management of the Service as various criminal activities have been perpetrated by inmates, including facilitating jailbreaks and escapes.
The statement said 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 Controller-General expressed appreciation to the officers and men of the Service, including members of the public for providing useful information that has continue 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.”[myad]