Jailbreak 23 prison officers sacked, 11 others suspended

According to a statement issued on Monday,
August 15, by the PPRO of the Nigerian Prison
Service, Francis Enobore, the dismissal of the
officers was approved on Thursday, August 11,
at an emergence meeting held by the Civil
Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons
Services Board (CDFIPB).
The statement said: “Civil Defence, Fire,
Immigration and Prisons Services Board
(CDFIPB) considered the allegation of serious
misconduct arising from your negligence of
duty as leveled against you ….. The Board
thereafter approved your immediate dismissal
from the Nigerian Prisons Service.. in line with
the provision of the Public Service Rule
030402 (O) being an action prejudicial to the
security of the State”.
“Similarly the Controller-General of Prisons in
his capacity has approved the dismissal of 7
junior staff serving in Kuje Medium Security
prison and 10 other junior staff serving in
Koton Karfe prison also implicated in the
escape saga.”
The affected officers have been directed to
hand over all government properties in their
possession to their immediate superior and
proceed accordingly.
“Meanwhile the officer in charge of Nsukka
Prison DCP Okonkwo Lawrence and 10 others
have been suspended over the recent
prisoners’ escape from the prison. The
suspension is to allow for detailed and
uninterrupted investigation into the
circumstances surrounding the incident in
order to facilitate appropriate action by the
authority,” the statement further said.
“It would be recalled that in the wake of
incessant escape of prisoners from some
prisons in the country the CGP, Ja’afaru Ahmed
on the 2nd of August, 2016 convened an
emergency meeting of Command Officers and
241 officers in charge prisons across the
country to reassess security measures for safe
keeping of prisoners. Although a number of
escapees have been recaptured, efforts are
still being made to ensure that all the fugitives
are apprehended and returned to prison
custody.
“The Controller General wishes to assure all
officers and men of the Nigerian Prisons
Service of his readiness to support and
encourage hard work and dedication to duty
but frowns at acts of negligence capable of
embarrassing the Service and the nation at
large. While appreciating the collaboration of
security agencies, vigilante groups and
members of the public for their support, the
Controller General further assures that all
necessary measures are being put in place to
guarantee maximum security of persons in
Prison custody,” said.
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August 9 – the prisoners were said to scaled
the prison fence.

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