NIGERIA PRISON SERVICE CHANGES NAME, AFTERMATH OF BUHARI SIGNING NEW BILL

Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law. The Act repeals the Nigerian Prisons Service Act. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday. With the signing, the Nigerian Prisons Service will now be called the Nigerian Correctional Service. Details later…

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POLICE FOIL EDO PRISON JAILBREAK

Men of Edo State Police command have foiled an attempt by some suspects to bomb Oko Prison in Benin with Improvised Explosive Device, IED, in their bid to set free some kidnappers held in the prison. The State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said some of the suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident, adding that security has been beefed up around prison formations in the State. It was gathered that special police detective squad acted on intelligence report to foil the attack on…

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MAN SPENDS 14 YEARS IN NIGERIAN PRISON BECAUSE OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR

Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta A 48-year-old man, Derrick Addai, has been released from prison in Ogun State after spending 14 years in custody due to an alleged typographical error on the list of pardoned inmates. Our correspondent gathered that it took the intervention of the Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, and the Director-General of the Prison Rehabilitation Mission International, Bishop Kayode Williams, before he was let off the hook. It was learnt that Addai was convicted of drug peddling in Thailand, but was repatriated to Nigeria in 2005 following the…

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BUHARI EXTENDS PRISON BOSS’ TENURE

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of tenure of office of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Mr.Ja’afaru Ahmed, by one year. The extension of tenure takes effect from July, 21. The announcement was made in a statement yesterday by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Mohammed Manga. According to the statement: “Ja’afaru whose tenure was to end on July 21st, 2019 was recommended for the extension due to his track record of innovative reforms in the Prisons Service and…

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2,444 AWAITING TRIAL IN IKOYI PRISON BUILT FOR 800 INMATES

Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi A total of 2, 444 inmates at the Ikoyi Prison are currently awaiting trial of different cases, the Deputy Controller of Prison and officer in charge of Ikoyi Prison, DCP Ogunshakin Ajiboye, has disclosed. Ajiboye added that a total number of inmates in the prison was  2, 937, exceeding well above its 800 capacity. Ajiboye made the disclosure when the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) paid the inmates a courtesy visit to identify with them as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility. “We have a total…

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PASSERSBY DONATE MONEY SNACKS TO PRISONERS AS BLACK MARIA BREAKS DOWN ON HIGHWAY

Scene of the incident The usual traffic around Toyota bus-stop on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway created an unexpected stir that attracted crowd to the scene when one of the two trucks of the Nigerian Prison Service conveying inmates to Kirikiri prisons broke down in the middle of the expressway at about 6:30p.m.The scene later became chaotic as the crowd of onlookers moved to sympathy for the inmates still locked in the Black Maria, began to give them money, drinks and snacks. It was double jeopardy for the prison wardens as they…

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FG ORDERS PRISONS, FIRE SERVICE TO EMPLOY 9,675

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Prisons Service and the Federal Fire Service to employ 9,675 Nigerians. While the prisons will employ 7,475, the fire service will recruit 2,200 new workers. The two agencies were directed to carry out the employment by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board. A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Secretary of the board, Al-Hassan Yakmut, said the CDFIPB chairman gave the approval at the board’s meeting held between May 9 and May 10 in Abuja. It…

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WHY WE ARE BUILDING MODERN DAY PRISONS- DANBAZZAU

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has said the Federal Government has come up with plans of building modern prisons across the country. In an event held on Saturday in Abuja, the Minister said: “most of our prisons, particularly those situated in urban centres are more than a century old; over a hundred years old. So, what we do is to ensure that we build modern prisons that will meet the required universal standard for the treatment and rehabilitation of prison inmates”. Dambazzau offered some perspective at the inauguration of some…

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5 PRISONERS TO BE STONED TO DEATH, 10 TO HAVE HANDS AMPUTATED IN BAUCHI PRISONS

Five condemned persons who have been convicted to be stoned to death while another 10 whose legs and hands are to be amputated are said to be languishing in Bauchi prison presently. This disclosure was made by the Controller of prison, Bauchi State Command, Suleiman T. Suleiman who lamented the present conditions of the prisons despite the efforts of the government to decongest prisons in the country. Suleiman Suleiman who was speaking in an interview with newsmen in his office on Tuesday on the state of the prisons in the…

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535 KIDS LANGUISHING IN ANAMBRA PRISONS- NHRC

Tony Okafor, Awka No fewer than 523 children are detained in various prisons in Anambra State, the National Human Rights Commission has said. The Anambra State coordinator of the NHRC, Mrs Nkechi Ugwuanyi, stated this at the Onitsha Prisons during an interface with some juvenile inmates. Ugwuanyi said the visit was in commemoration of the African Pre-Trial Day 2019  themed: Decriminalisation of Petty and Minor Offences. She added that the focus was to gather details of the inmates, whose offences fell within the classification. She said such cases involved no…

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