Board, CG sus­pend 14 pris­ons staff over Kuje es­cape

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Joshua Odeyemi

The Civil De­fence, Fire, Im­mi­gra­tion and Pris­ons Ser­vices Board (CDFIPB) and the Con­troller-Gen­eral, Nige­ria Pris­ons Ser­vice (NPS), have ap­proved the sus­pen­sion of 14 mem­bers of staff of the pris­ons as a re­sult of the es­cape of two high pro­file in­mates, Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu, from the Kuje Medium Se­cu­rity Prison on June 24, 2016.

Both pris­on­ers are stand­ing trial for cul­pa­ble homi­cide. The NPS spokesman, DCP Fran­cis Eno­bore, said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the board ap­proved the sus­pen­sion of four se­nior of­fi­cers while the Con­trollerGen­eral, Ja’afaru Ahmed, ap­proved the sus­pen­sion of 10 ju­nior staff of the ser­vice.

The af­fected staff in­clude DCP Musa Tanko, SIP Buhari Musa Dogo, PIP Stephen Edog­banya J., PIP Pa­trick Teru, IP Us­man Peter, IP Den­nis B. Makum and IP Fas­san S. Akin.

Oth­ers are SPA Daka James, SPA Adamu Luka, SPA Zakari Yu­nasa, PA As­na­mal Sa­muel, PA Ejegwa Pa­trick, PA 11 Isah Ibrahim and PA 11 Ngede Sal­ifu.

He said the sus­pen­sion was se­quel to the out­come of the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent, adding that the step was nec­es­sary to al­low un­hin­dered trial.

“The com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers among them are to be served let­ters of query while the ju­nior staff will be given Form 96 (Charge Sheet) to ex­plain their roles in the un­for­tu­nate saga,” Eno­bore said.

He said ef­forts to re­cap­ture the flee­ing pris­on­ers were on in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sis­ter se­cu­rity agen­cies.

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