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Correctional Service dismisses Controller of Corrections, two others for misconduct

A Comptroller of Corrections and two other senior officers were among those dismissed by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) for gross misconduct and acts capable of tarnishing the image of the Service.

The NCoS also said six other personnel have had their ranks reduced, while 13 others received a verbal rebuke for various misconducts.

A statement by the service public relations officer, Abubakar Umar, said a total of 20 personnel were discharged and acquitted of allegations of misconduct levelled against them.

He said the Civil Defence, Correctional Service, Fire, and Immigration Board approved the sanctions for personnel.

The board “reviewed various cases of unprofessional conducts, wrongdoings, improper behaviours and serious misconducts of erring personnel, resulting to the dismissal of three (3) personnel, including a Controller of Corrections, for various misconducts such as gross negligence of duty, absence without leave, trafficking in illicit items, general inefficiency, falsification of results, etc”, Umar said.

The statement reads: “In a letter issued by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), a total of twenty (20) personnel were discharged and acquitted of the various offences which they were accused of; while one (1) officer who was previously suspended was reinstated after the review exercise.

“Also, a total of three (3) personnel were compulsorily retired, six (6) personnel had their ranks reduced, while thirteen (13) personnel attracted either verbal or plain warning.

“These sanctions are in line with the zero tolerance on staff misconducts, a cardinal mantra of the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, and targeted towards ridding the Service of unscrupulous elements and misfits, to improve professionalism as well as to entrench discipline, ethics, and excellence in its officers and men.

“The Service has the onerous mandate of keeping custody of the legally interned in a safe and humane condition as well as reforming, rehabilitating, and reintegrating them back into society as responsible citizens.

“In order to meet these mandates, the Service ensures that it cleanses personnel of bad eggs as well as unprofessionalism that may setback or slow down the achievement of these important national mandates.

“The Service hereby assures the members of the general public of its resolve to secure all custodial and non-custodial facilities and engender true correctional practice in conformity with international best correctional practices.

“The general public is also requested to support the Nigerian Correctional Service in its efforts towards effective offenders’ management to promote public safety and national security in general.”

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