The Bauchi State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, NCoS, under the leadership of the State Controller, Isa Sabo Kashuri, is interrogating an officer attached to the Service for allegedly smuggling a mobile phone into the custodial centre.
According to a statement issued by the State’s Command Public Relations Officer, PRO, DSC Adam Abubakar Jibrin, the investigation of the culprit led to a brawl between the inmates who were to benefit from the illegal deal and other staff members who bursted the plan.
However, 2 personnel and 5 inmates sustained injuries in the melee but have been treated and discharged from the facility medical unit. The restive inmates have also been put under control and the staff involved undergoing investigation as ordered by the Controller.
Addressing the body of staff, Kashuri once again reminded them of the far-reaching implications of smuggling prohibited items particularly mobile phones into custodial centres which, among other things, could lead to a riot, jailbreak etc.
He also noted that the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019 has made provisions for sanctioning anyone found culpable for the offence of trafficking. He therefore, admonished the personnel to shun such shameful act and concentrate on the task of character reformation for which they were employed.
He further emphasized that the Service will not hesitate to show incorrigible elements the way out of the job if it becomes an option.
He commended the officer-charge of the custodial centre and the staff members for the excellent searching that prevented the item from entering the yard.