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Nigerian Prisons Service fires three officers for procuring cannabis for inmates

The Management of the Nigerian Prisons Service has dismissed three Junior Prison Officers for alleged grievous security offences.

The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Francis Enornore, confirmed their dismissal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

Enorbore named the affected officers as IP Samaila Inusa, PA 11; Jonathan Ibrahim and PA 11, Adamu Jethro, all junior officers of the service.

“This followed the recommendation of the Zonal Disciplinary Committee that found the officers guilty of procuring illicit items such as Indian hemp (cannabis) and other intoxicants for inmates,” he said.

Enobore noted that apart from the illicit items fuelling indiscipline and the health hazard on the inmates, the suspects had been implicated in a number of jailbreaks recorded in the past.

He said that their action jeopardised the security of life and property of innocent personnel and inmates.

“The Controller-General, NPS, Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed, has resolved to ensure that proven cases of indiscipline against any personnel, particularly on offences that are capable of causing a security breach, are promptly treated with appropriate sanctions according to the law.

“While this action is to serve as a deterrent to would-be incorrigible individuals, the Prisons’ boss further warned that stiffer punishment awaited anyone found guilty of compromising standards and good conduct expected of a Correction Officer,” he said.


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