The officer in charge of Kuje Medium Prisons, Musa Tanko, has been removed and redeployed over last Fridays escape of two awaiting trial murder suspects.
Tanko, whose removal was ordered by the Controller-General of Prisons, Ahmed Jafa’aru, has also been ordered to report at the FCT command headquarters of the Nigeria Prison Service, NPS, where he is to appear before interrogators.
Two inmates standing trial for murder, Maxwell Ajukwu and Solomon Amodu, escaped from the facility by scaling the fence. They are still at large.
According to sources, Tanko’s removal was to ensure a thorough probe of the inmates’ escape, adding that the officer would be sanctioned heavily, if indicted.
A source said: “For now, only the officer in charge had been transferred out of the prisons, but we don’t know if other senior officers like the yard master and the officer on duty would also be redeployed out of Kuje prisons. For now, everyone is waiting with bated breath to see the next line of action by the authorities.”
Confirming the development, the NPS Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, said redeployment cannot be the sanction that would be meted on any indicted officer. He added that the prison management viewed the inmates’ escape as a serious offence that should attract serious sanctions.
According to him, investigation into the incident had not been concluded, adding that the report of the probe would be sent to the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahaman Dambazzau (retd.) and appropriate sanction meted out to errant personnel.
“The management of the prisons service is taking the matter seriously and any indicted officer will be severely punished, so transfer cannot be the punishment for escape of inmates,” he stated.
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