• FG orders probe of alleged inmates’ killing in Ilorin prisons

    FG orders probe of alleged inmates’ killing in Ilorin prisons

    According to reports, the Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the alleged killing of six inmates of Oke Kura Prisons, Ilorin, Kwara State last Thursday.

    The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, directed an an Intra-Ministerial Committee to work closely with the Nigeria Prisons’ management team with a view to unraveling the remote circumstances surrounding the incident.

    This was to prevent a repeat of such in any of the nation’s penitentiary and to sanction any official found culpable, a statement on Monday […]

  • Reps summon Prisons boss and perm sec over handling of funds

    Reps summon Prisons boss and perm sec over handling of funds

    According to reports, the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has invited the Comptroller General of Prisons, Mr. Ja’ afaru Ahmed and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, to explain why their staff have failed to retire funds approved to them.

    Also, the officers are to give reasons for failing to remit the Valued Added Tax (VAT) deductions to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) correctly and promptly as required by law.

    Chairman of […]

  • No Nigerian in Turkish prisons, says envoy

    No Nigerian in Turkish prisons, says envoy

    Reports in certain quarters that several Nigerians were serving prison terms in Turkey are false, the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, has said.

    Although unsure about the number of Nigerians residing in Turkey, he, however, noted that about 3000 students were in Turkish higher institutions just as several others were doing well in business.

    Cakil, who said his tour was to improve the Turkish-Nigeria relation in all ramifications, spoke yesterday when he visited the Senior Special Assistant to the President on […]

  • Nigerian prisons are draconian, says Osinbajo

    Nigerian prisons are draconian, says Osinbajo

    Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo‎ (SAN), has stressed the need “to decolonise Nigerian prisons.”

    He described the nation’s prisons system as “a draconian colonial system that has not been helpful to Nigeria.

    “It has ‎no process of making productivity out of the prisoners, or of creating opportunity for reforming them,” Osinbajo said.

    He advocated a reformative process for prisoners in order to create a better society.

    According to him, government’s efforts must go beyond apprehending and punishing offenders, adding that the efforts must also […]

  • Prisons boss warns officers against inmates escape, conspiracy

    Prisons boss warns officers against inmates escape, conspiracy

    According to reports, the Controller General, Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, has warned men and officers of the service against escape of inmates from any of the facilities across the nation.

    He stressed the need for them to redouble their efforts towards effectively policing and ensuring that adequate security is maintained in and around prisons.

    He gave the warning while on a snap visit to Suleja Prison in Niger State, to assess staff commitment to work as well as know the […]

  • Wares seized from street traders’ll go to prisons inmates, says Okorocha

    Wares seized from street traders’ll go to prisons inmates, says Okorocha

    Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has unveiled the next step of his government in banning street trading in the state, saying that henceforth, seized items from anyone trading along the streets will be used to take care of prisons inmates of the state.

    Okorocha revealed this yesterday in Owerri, in a release he issued to newsmen through his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo.

    According to the release, the delay in enforcing the street-trading ban was just to demonstrate the […]

  • There was no jailbreak in Bauchi – Prisons Service

    There was no jailbreak in Bauchi – Prisons Service

    According to reports, the Nigeria Prisons Service, Bauchi State Command on Sunday refuted speculations of attempted jail-break at the Bauchi Central Prisons.

    A statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Adam Jibrin, said there was no such incident.

    The statement said: “While we express our dismay at the unprecedented anxiety the purported jail-break has generated in many quarters, the Nigeria Prisons Service wishes to inform the general public that the story is unfounded.

    “There was neither such incident in Bauchi Central […]

  • FEC approves 320 vehicles worth N3.5bn for prisons

    FEC approves 320 vehicles worth N3.5bn for prisons

    It was gathered that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N3.5 billion for the purchase of 320 operational vehicles to promptly convey inmates to courts as part of measures to decongest prisons in the country.

    Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau (retd), who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said the population of prisoners is 65,000 out of which 70 per cent is awaiting trial due to lack of utility vehicles to convey inmates […]

  • Rivers chief judge orders arrest of prisons comptroller

    Rivers chief judge orders arrest of prisons comptroller

    According to repord, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Laminkara Iyayi, has ordered the arrest of the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Ahmed Ja’afaru.

    Ja’afaru and the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in Rivers State, Michael Okorie, were accused of failing to produce a former chairman of Asari Toru local council, Ojukaye Flag Amachree in court to face trial for fresh murder charges.

    The judge’s order followed an application brought by the counsel to the Attorney General of Rivers State, […]

  • FG to buy N3.5bn vehicles for Prisons

    FG to buy N3.5bn vehicles for Prisons

    It was gathered that the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N3.5 billion for the purchase of 320 operational vehicles for Nigeria Prison Service as part of efforts to decongest prisons across the country.

    The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahamad Dambazau, announced the decision when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    He said that the vehicles would be bought locally in line with the government’s policy of […]

  • Police rescue deputy Controller of Prisons, his 2 children from kidnappers

    Police rescue deputy Controller of Prisons, his 2 children from kidnappers

    The Rivers State Police Command has rescued 17 passengers of a commuter bus seized by suspected kidnappers on 5 September along the Ndele Elele axis of the East West Road.

    Among those rescued were a deputy Controller of Prisons, Michael Okorie and his two children.

    The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Omoni Nnamdi, said 13 of those rescued were passengers in the commuter bus.

    The Police spokesman disclosed that the suspects engaged the police in a gun duel during the rescue operation, adding that […]