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NPS Suspends 14 Officers, Men Over Kuje Prison Jailbreak

Nsukka; Nigerian Prisons
Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Tony Ezimakor

Abuja – Ja’afaru Ahmed, Comptroller General of the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), has announced the suspension of 14 officers and men of the service following the escape of Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu, two high profile inmates, from the Kuje medium prisons, Abuja.

The escapees were both standing trial for culpable homicide.

The four suspended senior officers are Patrick Teru, Musa Tanko, Stephen Edogbanya and Buhari Musa Dogo.

The decision came shortly after the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) also approved their suspension in connection to the jailbreak.

Francis Enobore, spokesman for the NPS, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja in a press release.

Others affected junior officers are  PIP Stephen Edogbanya  J. , PIP Patrick Teru , 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.

According to a statement by Francis Enobore, spokesman of the NPS, the suspension is sequel to the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the incident and in consonance with PSR 030406 (2008) Revised Version, to  allow for unhindered trial of the officers.

The statement also said the officers were suspended from duty to allow for unhindered trial process.

It said the commissioned officers among them would be served with letters of query while the junior staff would be given Form 96 (Charge Sheet) to explain their role in the incident.

It added, “The Controller-General wishes to solicit the co-operation of members of the public to volunteer useful information that would assist in the recapture of the fugitives.”

The CDFIPB is statutorily empowered by law to discipline senior officers in all the paramilitary agencies under the Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, efforts to recapture the fleeing prisoners are on-going, in collaboration with other security agencies.