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Undercover report: We are investigating Ikoyi Prisons, says CG

Undercover report: We are investigating Ikoyi Prisons, says CG
October 22
21:12 2019
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Ja’afaru Ahmed, controller general of the Nigerian Correctional Service, says he has set up a panel to probe Ikoyi Prisons, now known as “Ikoyi Custodial Centre”, following an investigation by Fisayo Soyombo, an undercover journalist.

Soyombo spent eight days as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

He documented experiences on “drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations” at the facility.

But responding in a statement on Tuesday night, Ahmed said those found guilty of the allegations would be punished.

“The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been drawn to allegations of drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations in Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Lagos,” the statement read.

“In view of the gravity of the allegations, the Controller General, Ja’afaru Ahmed has set up a high powered panel to immediately commence full investigations into the matter in order to establish the authenticity of the report, identify and bring the culprits to book if found guilty of the allegations.

“The CG who gave the directive in his office in Abuja today stated that the Service is willing to work with the general public as well as relevant stakeholders in the justice sector to actualize the policy objectives of transforming the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) into a modern reformatory institution that operates in line with best international practices.”

Ahmed said the service has no intention of arresting or harassing the journalist over his findings.

“Investigative journalists are partners, who seek the development of the nation, and called for more of such findings aimed at reforming the institution for better service delivery,” he said.

“He therefore called for more constructive engagement with the media and the general public with a view to strengthening the implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.”

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  1. Baron
    Baron October 22, 22:40

    I sympathize with your predicament. As the head of the correctional facility, and I assume you rose through the ranks, you should be familiar with the atrocities committed by your officers over time. Please just tell us what steps you intend to take to revamp your badly damaged image. Do it fast! Forget about setting up a panel to tell you what you already know.

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    • Yetty
      Yetty October 23, 08:14

      Thanks for hitting the nail on the head. He doesn’t need any Panel to look into WHAT HE ALREADY KNOWS. He’s just looking for a scapegoat and the case will closed and back to business.
      I won’t be surprised if the REAL culprits have been transferred

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