The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) has made the decision to suspend four senior officers following the recent escape of two high profile inmates, Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu, from Kuje Medium Security Prison.
Similarly, the Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has approved the suspension of 10 junior staff of the prison over the incident. As recorded in a statement on Monday by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Francis A. Enobore, a deputy comptroller of prisons. Messrs. Amodu and Ajukwu, both standing trial for culpable homicide, escaped from the prison on June 24.
The affected officers and men are: DCP Musa Tanko,
SIP Buhari Musa Dogo
PIP Stephen Edogbanya J
PIP Patrick Teru.
The junior staff suspended are
IP Usman Peter
IP Dennis B. Makum
IP, Fassan S. Akin,
SPA Daka James,
SPA Adamu Luka,
SPA Zakari Yunasa
PA Asnamal Samuel.
PA Ejegwa Patrick,
PA 11 Isah Ibrahim and
PA 11 Ngede Salifu.
However, the suspension of the prisons officials was “sequel to the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the incident and in consonance with PSR 030406 (2008) Revised Version.” The officers were also suspended from duty to allow for free trial process as supposed.
It said the commissioned officers among them would be served with letters of query while the junior staff involved, in penalty , would also be given Form 96 (Charge Sheet) to explain their role in the mal-functional saga.
Also, efforts to recapture the fleeing prisoners are in progress in collaboration with other arms of security agencies is ongoing at the moment.
The Controller General wishes to solicit the cooperation of members of the public to volunteer useful information that will assist in the recapturing of the escapees.
It is obviously a measure to tighten carefulness as it has to do with security and prison formations nationwide to prevent repeat of such incident in Nigeria as many Officers will be able to read the hand writing on the wall.