Five inmates and two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Bauchi State have been injured following a skirmish that erupted in the facility.
In a statement by NCoS Bauchi Command’s Public Relations Officer DSC Adam Abubakar Jibrin said the injured personnel and inmates have been treated and discharged from the facility medical unit.
He explained that the incident occurred after an officer attached to the command allegdely smuggling a mobile phone into the custodial centre.
Abubakar also said the development resulted in skirmishes between the inmates who to benefit from the illegal deal and other staff members who bursted the plan.
He maintained that the restive inmates have also been put under control noting that the staff involved are undergoing investigation as ordered by the State Controller, Isa Sabo Kashuri.
” While addressing the body of staff, the Controller once again reminded them of the far-reaching implications of smuggling prohibited items particularly mobile phones into custodial centres which among other things could lead to riot or jailbreak.
” He also noted that the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019 has made provisions for sanctioning anyone found culpable for the of trafficking”
Adam Abubakar said the controller admonished the personnel to shun such shameful act and concentrate on the task of character reformation for which they were employed.
” He commended the officer in charge of the custodial centre and the staff members for excellent searching that prevented the item from entering the yard”.
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