The new comptroller General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Haliru Nababa said his administration would aggressively combat security breaches for effective service delivery.
Nababa said this during his inaugural meeting with senior officers of the service in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, the breaches include drug trafficking and other acts of indiscipline at the custodial centres.
He stated that he would not tolerate any form of insubordination, noting that any unprofessional act would be sanctioned.
He said he had set up the Controller General of Correction (CGC) monitoring team to check unethical actions and practices by officers and inmates that could compromise the security architecture at the various correctional facilities.
He sought the support of the officers, while promising transparency, judicious deployment of resources, prudence in the utilisation of funds and accountability.
“We need to remind ourselves that no organisation thrives in lawlessness. We shall, therefore, ensure that discipline remains the guiding principle in all our engagements.
“Note that I have established a CGC’s Monitoring Team to maintain eagle-eye on operational conducts and report unwholesome practices to my office for immediate action.
“May I state that this administration will not tolerate any act of indiscipline capable of compromising our security structure and tainting the name of the service.
“For the avoidance of doubt, cases of trafficking in hard drugs, communication equipment, absenteeism and all forms of insubordination and inimical practices shall be viewed seriously.
“The administration will not hesitate to apply necessary sanctions on violators as prescribed in the NCoS Act, 2019,” he cautioned.
The Controller General said his policy thrust would cover safe custody and training of inmates, staff welfare and provision of logistics.
This, he said, included infrastructure maintenance and full operationalisation of the Non-Custodial Services as well as deployment of technology to protect the custodial centres.
“The first among the responsibilities of the service is to secure the inmates. It must be noted that the service exists because the inmates are in safe custody.
“Therefore, the security of our custodial centres must be held sacrosanct and shall be among the top priorities in my administration,” he noted.
The NCoS boss promised to encourage behavioural change among the inmates, many of whom have embraced education. (NAN)
Amotekun Corps Arrest Suspects In Connection With Owo Church Attack
The Amotekun Corps in Ondo State have arrested a number of persons in connection with the massacre of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
The Commander of the Corp, Adetunji Adeleye made this disclosure while addressing newsmen in Akure, the state capital.
Adeleye, however, did not give the actual figure of the suspects arrested, but the corps leader was optimistic that everyone who was involved in the Owo Attack would be brought to book.
When contacted for confirmations, the Ondo State Police Command through its spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, said the force is not aware of such and arrest.
Nevertheless, it is expected that the Amotekun Corps would hand the suspects over to the police for further investigations and onward prosecution.
This arrest is the latest development following the attack which left millions devastated across the country.
It comes barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that the attackers who he described as “cowards” behind recent assaults on churches in the country will be punished.
“As for the cowards, they will be punished for their crimes. We will bring them to justice.
Rest assured that the full might of Nigeria’s formidable security and intelligence forces are involved in that endeavor,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide Garba Shehu.
“For now, I urge all Nigerians to come together in prayer-whether Christian, Muslim, or any of our great faiths- let us hold the victims and their families in our hearts and minds.
“Let us show the cowards who seek to divide us along religious lines that we will not be divided. Let us show them that Nigerians will continue to cherish what we share while respecting each other’s differences. Let us show them that Nigerians will never be bullied by cowards, extremists, or terrorists.”
According to President Buhari, the country’s religious freedom and diversity are what makes Nigeria great.
Owo Church killing: Ondo Govt Opens Account For Donations
The Ondo State Government has opened an account to receive donations from people who may wish to assist the victims of the terrorist attack in Owo, Ondo State.
This was made known on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State, Richard Olatunde.
He commended the donations received so far while calling on well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies willing to assist the victims of the terrorist attack may do so in the following account:
ACCOUNT NAME- ODSG- OWO TERRORIST ATTACK RELIEF FUND.
ACCOUNT NO -1401203148
BANK: PROVIDUS BANK
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has assured that the state government on its part will remain unshaken in committing its resources to the security of lives and property.
He noted that efforts are deepened to ensure that the survivors of the attack at various hospitals are given the best medical care.
Bandits Kill 32, Destroy Houses In Fresh Kaduna Attack
No fewer than 32 people have been reportedly killed by bandits in separate attacks on four communities within Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The affected communities are Ungwan Gamu, Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki and Maikori.
The police are yet to confirm the incident, but the District Head of Kufena, Titus Dauda , told Channels Television that the attacks occurred on Sunday and that 32 people lost their lives while a church and several houses were destroyed in the process.
He added that the bandits in their large numbers first attacked Dogon Noma in the early hours of Sunday morning, and killed several people mostly men , before proceeding to Ungwan Gamu and Maikori villages where they also killed people and burnt down houses.
The district head further disclosed that the victims have been laid to rest while the affected communities have been deserted by the residents due to fear of being attacked.
A resident of one of the communities, also claimed that a helicopter was seen shooting at the residents from the air, while the remaining bandits were on the ground to attack any fleeing residents.
However, a top security source countered the claim, saying that the military engaged the bandits both by ground and air, adding that this eventually forced the bandits to retreat.
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