Prisons service dismisses eight for smuggling drugs, mobile phones into jails
The Controller-General of Prisons, Jaáfaru Ahmed, has approved the recommendation of the Zonal Disciplinary Committee for the dismissal of eight junior officers for professional misconduct.
They were found guilty of trafficking prohibited items such as mobile phones, Indian hemp and other narcotics into the prison yards for inmates.
The NPS spokesman, Francis Enobore, in a statement on Monday said the officer-in-charge of discipline, CP O. Agun, signed the dismissal letters on behalf of the Controller-General,
The statement said IP Thomas Jatau and PA II Mottallem Yari were dismissed for trafficking mobile phones in prisons.
It added that AIP Mohammed Jibril, CPA Saleh Dan’Azare, PA II Umar Gusau, PA II Mohammed Ja’Oji, PA 1 Saidu Gusau and PA II Maji Maiku got fired for smuggling Indian hemp and other prohibited items into the prisons.
The statement said that illegal access to mobile phones and other communication gadgets by prisoners had been of great concern to the management of the Prisons Service, noting that various criminal activities had been perpetrated by inmates including facilitating jailbreaks and escapes.
“Similarly, apart from the far-reaching health implications of exposing inmates to the use of Indian hemp and other intoxicating substances, the act also compromises discipline and negates inmate reformation thrust of the prison,” it added.
Enobore said the CG appreciated the officers and men of the service, including members of the public for providing useful information that had continued to assist the authorities 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,” he added.Punch