The Comptroller General (CG), of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Zakari Ibrahim, Friday refuted claims that the service has underground cells where prisoners are locked up.
The CG was reacting to recent claims which accused the service of locking up prisoners and minors in the alleged underground cells. Ibrahim who made this disclosure through the Prisons Public Relations Officer, Ope Fatinikun, said inmates in any of the prisons were sent by courts of competent jurisdiction and released by the same.
He said upon assumption of office, the current administration mapped out a three-point agenda which inculcated security, training and welfare of staff and inmates. As against claims that such inmates were locked up underground because of lack of space in the prisons, he said, “On the issue of underground cells, no prison in Nigeria has an underground cell.
“The NPS has 811 juveniles in our Borstal Training Institutions in Kaduna, Ilorin and Abeokuta with 402, 224 and 185 inmates respectively. “The NPS by its regulation does not hold persons below the age of 18years and when inmates are suspected to be underage, steps are usually taken to address it.” Speaking on a recent publication of pictures of inmates sleeping on the floor, Zakari said it was anything but far from the truth. He said, “These are not inmates of any Prison in Nigeria.
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