Panel Frees 22 Port-Harcourt Prison Inmates, NPS Promotes 49 Prison Officers

Presidential Panel Frees 22 Inmates from Port-Harcourt Prison

The Federal Government committee on Decongestion of Prisons led by Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN, has facilitated the release of 18 Convicts on minor offenses with option of fines from Port Harcourt Prison and 4 from Ahoaha Prison.

The Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Judge of FCT High court, Justice Ishaq Bello was received by the Controller of Prisons Amaliri Ifeanyi, who led the team on a courtesy visit to the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyesom Wike CON.

In his speech, Malami stated that the committee was inaugurated on the 31st Oct 2017 with the mandate to decongest the Prisons as it has become a cause for concern to the presidency following the alarming rate of congestion in the Prisons across the country. Thus the committee to come up with a best and sustainable solution to prison Decongestion and not compromising National security.

Some immediate measures by the committee to carryout their task successfully is payment of fines and having interactive platform for a daily on the spot assessment of the Prisons.

This is the fourth state the committee is visiting and have released a total of 126,522 inmates based on payment of fines from FCT, Kaduna, Kano and Rivers State”.

The Chairman of the committee, Justice I. Bello, Chief Judge FCT, stressed that all stakeholders should work together in bringing up the condition of living in our Prisons to international standard, while commending the cleanliness of the Prison environment. And the Judiciary should have speedy administration of Justice and holding charge discouraged to a large extent.

Governor Nyesom Wike CON, welcomed the special panel and assured that Rivers State has started the Decongestion process by commuting Inmates from Rivers State on death row to life imprisonment, and fines has also been paid, stating that the Chief Judge of Rivers State has also visited the Prison on jail delivery.

However, the Governor blamed the congestion on the 2 years period where courts were closed before his administration, and the Police for not settling minor offenses than taking them to court to be remanded for fear of petitions. He concluded that the committee should carryout their task devoid of political sentiments and he will give every necessary support.

Other committee members also present are the representative of the Controller General of Prisons, ACG Abubakar Garba, Mrs Leticia Ayoola, Secretary of the committee and the Commissioner of Police Ahmed Zaki
Other offices represented are the office of the National security Advicer (ONSA), Civil Society, Human Rights Commission, Rule of Law Advicing Committee, etc.

AJ Ofoni
Command PRO
Rivers State Command

Katsina Prisons Command Decorates 49 Promoted Officers
The controller of prisons Katsina command Sanusi Mu’azu Danmusa and his management team on Tuesday 6th Febuary 2018
decorated 49
newly promoted officers with their
new ranks at the state headquarters office.
The decorations ceremony is witnessed by other security agencies, family, friends and other well wishers of the promoted officers.

While congratulating the promoted officers on behalf of Controller General of prisons Ahmed Ja’afaru, Controller Danmusa charged officers to live up to expectations and pray for Prisons leadership under Ahmed Ja’afaru who through his efforts the issue of stagnation in one rank become history.
A total of 3,807 deserving officers were recently elevated in the recent promotion exercise out of which 49 are from Katsina command.

DSP Ibrahim Wada Ibrahim
Command Public Relations officer
[email protected]


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