Nigerian Prison Service Takes Action against Prison Officers over Jail Break

Sacks 23 prison officers and suspended 11 others


The Nigerian Prison Service sacked 23 prison officers and suspended 11 others.

This is due to the recent ‎jailbreak at Koton Kafe prison in Kogi, Kuje prison in Abuja and Nsukka Prison in Enugu state.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Francis Enobore, made this known in a press release.

The dismissal later reads, “Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) considered the allegation of serious misconduct arising from your negligence of duty as leveled against you. The Board thereafter approved your immediate dismissal from the Nigerian Prisons Service in line with the provision of the Public Service Rule 030402 (O).”

The Controller-General of Prisons approved the dismissal of 7 junior staff serving in Kuje Medium Security prison. And 10 other junior staff serving in Koton Karfe prison implicated in the prison break.

The NPS also suspended the officer in charge of Nsukka Prison, DCP Okonkwo Lawrence, and 10 others. This is to allow uninterrupted investigation “into the incident in order to facilitate appropriate action by the authority”.

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