The Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, has approved the dismissal of three junior prison officers for smuggling prohibited items capable of compromising security into the prison yard.
In a statement on Friday, Prisons’ spokesman, Francis Enobore, said those affected are IP Samaila Inusa, PA 11 Jonathan Ibrahim and PA 11 Adamu Jethro.
He said their dismissal followed the recommendation of the Zonal Disciplinary Committee that found the officers guilty of secretly passing illicit items such as Indian hemp (cannabis) and other intoxicants into the prison for inmates.
“It should be noted that apart from fuelling indiscipline and the health hazard on the inmates, access to cannabis and intoxicants has been implicated in a number of escapes and jailbreaks recorded in the past, thus jeopardizing security of life and property of innocent personnel and inmates including the larger society.
“The Controller General has resolved to ensure that proven cases of indiscipline against any personnel particularly on offences that are capable of causing security breach, are promptly meted with appropriate sanctions according to law,” he added in the statement.
He warned the the Prisons boss will dish out stiffer punishment to anyone found guilty of compromising standards and good conduct expected of a Correction Officer.