Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Female Warder Dismissed for Smuggling Alcohol Into Prison

Nigeria Prisons Service has dismissed a female prison officer, Mary Ikenye, for smuggling alcohol into the Kirikiri prison in Lagos.

The dismissal letter signed on behalf of the Controller-General of Prisons by the officer-in-charge of discipline, DCP Agun Olatunji, stated that Mary Ikenye was found guilty of negative activities which bordered on trafficking.

A statement by the Prisons Service Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the wardress’ action contravened the provisions of sections 14 (i) (a) and 82 (n) of Prisons Act, Cap P.29, LFN, 2004, and was punishable under sections 14 (i) (g) and 83 of the Act.

It noted that her offence posed a threat to the security of the prison formation, adding that the officer had been directed to hand over government property, including uniform and Service Identification Card to the authority before leaving.

The statement read in part, “The offence is usually viewed seriously because of its potential threat to security. Cases of inmates making illegal phone calls from their cells, organising jailbreaks and having access to weapons are all traced to trafficking, sometimes perpetrated by staff and this has often been a source of embarrassment, not only to the service, but the nation at large.

“Such compromising acts do not augur well for the security of a custodial institution like the Nigeria Prisons Service and also put the lives of innocent workers and inmates in serious danger.”

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