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Over 1,200 Owerri Inmates Still At Large

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The Nigerian Correctional Service has said that out of the 1,844 inmates that escaped from Owerri Custodial Centre, following the attack on the facility on April 5 by unknown gunmen, over 1, 200 are still at large.

NCoS Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Imo State Command, Goodluck Uboegbulam, disclosed this to Journalists in his office, that only about 600 of them returned, either voluntarily or through re-arrest.

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According to him, officers of NCoS have, since the attack, intensified efforts in ensuring that the fleeing inmates return and that the incident did not recur.

He called on the general public to assist in availing useful information that would lead to the re-arrest of the remaining inmates, who, according to him, constitute serious security threats in the society.

“As it stands, over 1,200 out of the 1,844 fleeing inmates from our custody are still at large. However, over 600 have either voluntarily returned or re-captured. But we are hopeful that many more will voluntarily return because they have been returning almost on daily basis.

“After the attack, we have undertaken several measures, such as going through different media and exploring possible avenues to get them. In fact, we have gone as far as writing to the churches, community and village heads; letting them know the dangers of allowing the fleeing inmates to hide within our communities. With this, what it has yielded so far is the voluntary return of some of these fleeing inmates,” he stated.

He added that most of the families of the fleeing inmates “don’t understand the implication of what we are saying.”

Some of them, he added, see it as God answering their prayers of setting their own free.

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“But the price of that freedom is that the individual can neither work nor do business anywhere because he is a fugitive. That is why we are still using every available medium to appeal to public-spirited individuals, groups, churches and village heads to help us out.

“The police or we cannot do it all alone. We need support and cooperation of the people. We are appealing to the public to avail us of every information that will lead to re-arresting them,” he said.

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Repositioning NCoS For Service Delivery: Halliru Redeploys 7 DCG,s

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The Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa has approved the redeployment of seven Deputy Controller Generals (DCGs) of Corrections as part of his strategies to reposition the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) for better service delivery.

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Acccording to the statement by CC Francis Enabore, National Public Relations Officer, (NCoS) said
Those affected in the new posting were “DCG Tunde Ladipo moved from Non-Custodial to Health and welfare While DCG Sylvester Nwakucheb who hitherto was in charge of Training and Staff Development (TSD) now takes over as DCG Non-Custodial.

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Others were Emilia Oputa Adaobi, DCG Covering Duty (C⁄D) Training and Staff Development; Uche Nwobi, DCG C⁄D Inmates Training and Productivity (ITP); Akinjijonwi Tosin DCG C⁄D Works and Logistics (W&L); Ahmadu Adamu DCG C⁄D Human Resource (HR); Ahmadu Magaji DCG C⁄D Finance and Account (F&A)”

Enabore maintained that the posting is geared towards injecting new ideas in the management of the Service to address emerging challenges as well as meet the huge expectations of the public, particularly in the implementation of the NCoS Act 2019.

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SERVICOM Partners NCoS on Improved Service Delivery

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The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of Service Compact (SERVICOM), Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli has reiterated the readiness of the agency to partner with the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) towards improving customers sensitivity to its service delivery.

Mrs. Nnenna stated this in a keynote address at the sensitization lecture on SERVICOM held at Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau Conference Hall Abuja on Wednesday 9th June 2021.

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She noted that SERVICOM was ready at all times to offer assistance towards ensuring that the Service agreement between NCoS and members of the public is delivered timely and efficiently.

 

The event witnessed the lunch of suggestion boxes which the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, who directed the box to be placed at strategic locations to harvest suggestions for improve service delivery.

While commending this initiative, Mrs Nnenna stressed that the launch of the suggestion boxes has shown that NCoS has been sensitive to the needs and expectations of stakeholders and will certainly promote inclusiveness in services offered to customers.

The National Coordinator commended the NCoS for the active feedbacks through the dedicated social media handles which is open to the general public to express their opinions.

Mrs Nnenna noted that the standard of making information readily available to customers through different platforms is a guarantee to eliminate the hidden cost of making clients happy. “You don’t have to bribe anybody to visit inmates or take them to court”, she added.

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She observed that the sensitization programme will enhance desk officers’ capacity on how to make good use of the boxes, collate inputs and analyse the content to enhance policy formulation.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Controller General said the Service has several other meeting points with the public apart from safe and humane custody of inmates.

She stated that such foresightedness was required in every government organisation in order to advance the course of good governance that the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari stands for.

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Nababa stated that as part of efforts to interface and maintain quality delivery of its service, SERVICOM desk office has been established in all formations including the zonal commands, training institutions, Borstal institutions, 36 states commands and FCT.

The CG reaffirmed the commitment of NCoS to discharge its constitutional functions in line with best practice as evidence in the UNESCO Confucius award on education and skills development received by the Service in 2018.

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37 Inmates of Abeokuta Custodial Center Gain Admission in NOUN

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Thirty Seven inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service Old Abeokuta, Ibara Custodial Center, Ogun State Command on Tuesday 25th May, 2021 were matriculated and admitted into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) .

The inmates were admitted to study various courses such as Business Administration, Political Science, Criminology and Security Studies, Journalism, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Accounting, Economics, Christian Religious Studies and Economics Education.

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This is the second matriculation ceremony in the Custodial Center, under the auspices of NOUN .

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters represented by Dr Segun Adenuga the Director of Ogun Study center took the enrollees through Orientation Program.

” The program exposed their minds to what is expected of them as students of National Open University of Nigeria”.

In his address, the Ogun State Command Controller of Corrections, Mojeed Olaniran congratulated the inmates and implored them to make good use of the opportunity given them bearing in mind that aside from security, the cardinal objectives of Corrections are Reformation, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration.

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Olaniran seized the occasion to reemphasize that NCoS encourages the inmates to upgrade themselves in various aspects of skill acquisition that will benefit their lives and society at large.

He admonished them to make use of this second chance to remediate their wrong past.

According to the statement by Victor Oyeleke, Ogun State Command’s Public Relations Officer said Controller General of Corrections Halliru Nababa appreciated the good gesture of NOUN authority for their positive collaboration with the NCoS by providing free education to the inmates.

Responding, Dr Segun Adenuga affirm that the University authority is poised to bring education to the door step of all and Sundry which include those in the correctional centers.

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He further reassured the matriculants that the authority is prepared to give them scholarship for PhD programme.

Adenuga also advised them to make maximum use of their study materials and not to allow their present circumstances to derail them from their positive pursuit. He urged them to rather use the opportunity to gain academic laurels.

The second matriculation of inmates of the Custodial Center into NOUN was also witnessed by the Director of Mass Literary, Ogun State, Alhaji Mikail Lawal.

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” This ceremony has brought the number of inmates of Ibara Custodial Center studying various courses degree programs at the NOUN to eighty seven (87) including two Masters Degree Students”.

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