The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has inaugurated the National parole and mental health review boards to decongest custodial centres nationwide and reduce administrative costs.
The Controller General, NCoS, Mr Haliru Nababa inaugurated the boards on Thursday in Abuja.
The CG said that parole and mental health were critical to the reforms of the service and efficient service delivery.
Nababa said that the inauguration underscored the zeal and commitment of the Service to go into non-custodial component of its operation, as provided under the NCoS Act, 2019. “The non-custodial component was perhaps the most phenomenal breakthrough of the NCoS Act, 2019,” he said, adding that parole was key to the NCoS’ reform, rehabilitation and reintegration options.
“It also enhances significantly, the decongestion of custodial centres.
“Mental Health on the other hand, is one of the essential components of the Health Care services of the Correctional Service.
“This has over the years become an area of interest for the Service and indeed the public, for obvious reasons.
“This will include, the vulnerability of those incarcerated to mental health issues and also its effect on the safety and serenity of a Custodial Centre,” he said.
Nababa said that the service would put the necessary machinery in place to deliver on its renewed mandate.
He urged members of the two boards to approach their assignments with seriousness and execute the mandate diligently.
The Executive Director, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Dr Uju Agomoh said Section 24 of the NCoS Act mandated the CG to set up the review boards.
Agomoh said that every state of the federation, including the FCT now has a state mental health review board which was been inaugurated.
She said that the mental health review board was made up of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, clinical and social workers, among others.
“So what is happening here and now is that they ensure the issue of assessment of mental state of every inmate.
“They also take adequate response both from within and outside the service which becomes something helpful and useful.
“So what we expect is expert services and support for the correctional service by this board.
“And definitely, that will have impact on the society in terms of how those who are mentally ill are treated in the society,” Agomoh said.
In his remarks, the Board chairman, retired Justice Suleiman Galadima expressed appreciation to the CG for considering them worthy of the assignment.
He assured the commitment of the board members to effectively carry out their mandate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that parole is a conscious effort of government to release prisoners temporarily or permanently before the expiry of their sentence.
PRAWA and the British Council through the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) programme supported the inauguration of the parole and mental health review boards.
The Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), has approved the promotion of 3852 officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) to various ranks.
This is contained in a statement by the Service’s Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Umar Abubakar, on Saturday in Abuja.
Abubakar said that the service the officers and men were promoted from Inspectors of Corrections (IC) and Assistant Controllers of Corrections, to their next ranks.
He said that statistics from the promotion result showed that a total of 48 Assistant Controllers of Corrections (ACCs) were promoted to Deputy Controllers of Corrections (DCC).
The spokesperson also said that 66 Chief Superintendents of Corrections (CSCs) got elevated to the rank of Assistant Controllers of Corrections (ACC).
“Others are 197 Superintendents of Corrections (SCs) elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendents of Corrections (CSC); 307 Deputy Superintendents of Corrections (DSCs) promoted to Superintendents of Corrections (SCs).
“441 Assistant Superintendents of Corrections (ASC I) elevated to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Corrections (DSC); 1,175 Assistant Superintendents of Corrections (ASC II) promoted to Assistant Superintendents of Corrections (ASC I) “1,209 Inspector of Corrections (IC) were promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Corrections (ASC II), ” he said.
According to him, others include 17 Inspectors of Corrections (IC II) promoted to ASC II, and a total of 392 officers who acquired additional qualifications were upgraded from Assistant and Inspectorate cadres to the superintendent cadre.
Abubakar quoted the Controller General, NCoS, Mr Haliru Nababa, as congratulating the promoted officers.
He also charged them to see their elevations as a call for more work and dedication to duty.
Nababa implored them to justify their elevation by adding value to service delivery.
He assured all officers and men of his commitment as well as zeal towards improving staff welfare so as to motivate them to carry out their duties effectively and efficiently.
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has dismissed an online report accusing its officers of extorting money before admitting remanded suspects in custody.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Umar Abubakar, on Thursday in Abuja.
Abubakar described the report as unfounded, malicious and untrue, urging the public to disregard it.
“The attention of the NCoS has been drawn to a report making the rounds in which a senior police officer accused some correctional officials of extorting money before admitting remanded suspects in custody.
“The report cannot be true, as it is best described as a talk show.
“Suspects are usually escorted from the courts to the custodial facilities by officials of the prosecuting agencies, under whose watch, such admissions are done.
“The process of admission into a custodial facility starts immediately the suspect is presented by the official with an accompanying detention warrant from a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Obviously, it is not practicable to extort money from suspects before admitting them as the report claims’’, he said.
Abubakar called on journalists to seek clarification from the service on contentious matters before publication to avoid misleading the public.
He said that the service would not tolerate falsehood and concoction of news to spread lies and unfounded information, just to mislead the general public.
The spokesman added that all offenders, whether remanded or convicted by courts, were always admitted without any inducement.
“The power to remand a suspect in custody lies in the courts, and the service would not renege to play its part in the administration of criminal justice,’’ he said.
Umar quoted the Controller General, NCoS, Mr Haliru Nababa, as enjoining the public to continue to support the service in her quest to ensure safe and humane custody of inmates.
Nababa reiterated commitment to inmates’ reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.
The Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Raymond Ozoemena, has discharged and acquitted no fewer than 32 inmates in three custodial centres within Enugu State during a jail delivery.
Ozoemena also granted bail to 104 inmates and released three juveniles brought to the Enugu Custodial Centre on July 22.
Declaring the jail delivery open on Friday, the chief judge said that the exercise was a sacred duty to ensure that “the rights of every citizen are not infringed upon”.
According to him, the jail delivery, which has 17 courts sitting, has ensured that every inmate will be accorded the constitutionally guaranteed right of fair hearing.
“This exercise has been carried out over the years by the Chief Judge and assisted by the Honourable Judges of the High Court in this sacred duty.
“I wish to thank the correctional centre and other stakeholders for their painstaking efforts to ensure that today’s exercise is hitch free.
“Permit me to also thank His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for providing the financial support to enable us to carry out this exercise,” he said.
Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, Mr Nicholas Obiako, said that the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) under the leadership of Controller-General, Mr Haliru Nababa, was poised to provide opportunity for inmates to develop their capacities.
“The service has provided educational programmes up to university level and functional workshops; these programmes can only be realised if the inmates are reintegrated through exercise like this where their cases are fast tracked,” Obiako said.
He said that the jail delivery was an important tool for yard management as it was a ray of light which inmates looked forward to gain their freedom, as a behavioural guide while in custody.
“I am hopeful that this exercise under your lordship will lead to the release of deserving inmates which will help stabilised the custodial centres.
“Inmates from Nsukka and Oji-River Custodial Centres are all here for the cases to be heard and reviewed,” he said.
Later, Deputy Controller of Corrections in-charge of Enugu Custodial Centre, Mr Sunday Usifo, thanked the chief judge for the successful exercise as well as the unprecedented number of inmates discharged and bailed.
“We sincerely appreciate you and the judiciary under your jurisdiction for this noble achievement today because this has rekindled hope in our inmates.
“It will further strengthen the adage that ‘the judiciary is the last hope of the common man’,” Usifo said.
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has dismissed reports that fleeing inmates from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, during the attack, stole money (local and foreign currencies) belonging to their fellow inmates
The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Abubakar Umar confirmed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Some media reports had alleged that personnel at the Kuje Custodial Centre could not account for the sums of N82 million and $36,000 cash belonging to inmates.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that scores of terrorists had on July 5, launched a daring attack on the facility, bombing their way in.
They freed 879 inmates, among whom were at least 64 who terror-related charges are on their necks.
Umar however, explained that its personnel did not keep such huge sums within custodial facilities.
He said that the clarification became imperative against the misleading narrative the unfounded information had generated and the diversion of attention from addressing the challenges at stake.
According to him, all Inmates’ cash deposited in the custody of the authorities of the custodial centre was intact and safe.
“There is an existing instruction from the Controller General , NCoS, Mr Haliru Nababa that all officers superintending custodial centres must not keep huge sums in the facility,” he said.
Umar reported Nababa as sparing no effort or resources in hunting down all the escapees.
He added that it was heart-warming that the integrated strategies were yielding favourable results.
Nababa expressed appreciation to security agencies and patriotic Nigerians whose collaboration was facilitating the recovery.
He assured the public of his irrevocable commitment to bringing back all escapees to answer for their crimes.
The NCoS boss appealed to citizens to assist in achieving the task by visiting the NCoS website https:.gov. for the pictures of the escapees and alert the nearest security agency on suspicion or seeing any of them.
One hundred-and-twenty inmates of Enugu Custodial Centre have gained admission into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
NOUN has a special study centre at the custodial centre.
Addressing the matriculating students and 11 others, who just graduated, the Controller-General of Corrections, Mr Haliru Nababa, said the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) focused on using education as tool for reformation and re-orientation of inmates.
“The NCoS has committed resources to ensure that inmates develop themselves while in custody to ensure public protection.
“I thank non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations and NOUN for their partnership over the years,’’ he said.
Nababa was represented at the occasion by the Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, Mr Nicholas Obiako.
In his remarks, Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, cautioned the matriculating inmates to be of good behaviour and to shun acts capable of truncating their educational pursuits.
He also presented first degree certificates to 11 inmates who graduated from the centre.
Peters was represented by the Director, Enugu Special Study Centre, Prof. Alexander Onyia, who administered the oath of allegiance on the newly-admitted inmates.
Officer-in-charge of the custodial centre, Mr Joseph Usifo, commended the inmates over the educational feat they had attained.
Usifo, a Deputy Controller of Corrections, urged other inmates to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the NCoS to better their lots educationally.
Present at the event were representatives of the state’s Ministry of Justice, the National Directorate of Employment, the state’s Ministry of Education, Federal Road Safety Corps and Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action.
The Controller General, Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Mr Haliru Nababa, has approved the appointment of Chief Superintendent of Corrections (CSC) Abubakar Umar as the new National Public Relations Officer (NPRO) of the Service.This is contained in a statement by the Acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mr James Okoh on Saturday in Abuja.Okoh said that Umar took over from Francis Enobore, a Controller of Corrections (CC) who had served in that capacity for seven years and had retired from service.According to him, “until his appointment on Friday May 27, the new spokesman was Staff Officer ll at the National Public Relations Office.“He joined the then Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) precisely on November 19, 1990 and has had a fruitful career working across several formations.“He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Human Resources, from Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology.“Before his deployment to the National Headquarters, he was the PRO, Correctional Service Staff College Kaduna and had previously served as Deputy PRO and PRO respectively, Kogi State Command, ” he said. .
No fewer than 100 inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Enugu State have obtained credit passes in English language and Mathematics in the recently-released National Examination Council (NECO) , 2021, external examination.
The Public Relations Officer of Nigerian Correctional Service in Enugu State, DSC Monday Chukwuemeka, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Enugu, saying that the inmates were serving various terms at the Enugu and Nsukka Custodial Centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that 84, 120, 130 and 145 inmates of Enugu Custodial Centre sat for the NECO examination in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Chukwuemeka said that it was noteworthy that 127 inmates registered for the 2021 NECO External Examination, where 40 are inmates from Nsukka Custodial Centre and 87 are inmates in Enugu Custodial Centre.
He said that the inmates’ registrations for the NECO Examination were financially sponsored by CAPIO, Isaac Blessing Foundation and AGADIBE Foundation.
“The Controller of Corrections in Enugu State Command, Mr Nicholas Obiako, has sent his congratulatory messages to the inmates and encourages the general public to assist in the reformation process of inmates in custodial centres.
“The service under the leadership of Controller-General of Corrections, Mr Haliru Nababa, is poised to provide platforms for inmates to develop themselves while in custody,” Chukwuemeka said. (
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Mr. Haliru Nababa, praised the 25 inmates who graduated from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The inmates participated in the 11th convocation of the University on March 26, after successfully completing their degree courses while in prison.
This is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr. Francis Enobore, on Monday in Abuja.
Nababa said the feat was significant in the lives of the inmates, who were also given the opportunity to learn various skills in prison.
He said his administration attaches great importance to the combination of comprehensive education and vocational skills acquisition for inmates.
This, he said, was in recognition of the fact that ex-convicts, because of their status, often face stigma that makes it difficult for them to get jobs when released from custody.
“Therefore, to help reintegration and socio-economic inclusion of ex-offenders, emphasis is placed on vocational trades as a back-up to formal education,” Nababa said.
The HQ commended the commitment of Service officers and men for their tireless efforts to help inmates discover their potential and apply their talents and energy to resourceful endeavors.
He said that this noble cause is what the NCoS Act of 2019 represents and that it will be vigorously pursued.
He said that in order to maintain the direction of the policy, the necessary attention to staff welfare would continue to be given within available resources.
However, Nababa cautioned staff to work within the scope of established rules of engagement with inmates and to resist the temptation of being used to compromise discipline and good order in the Service.
He advised officers to avoid acts detrimental to the health and sanctity of the Correctional Service, even as he promised to leave no stone unturned in removing rotten eggs from the system.
He added that from February 2021 to date, a total of 167 officials have been sanctioned with dismissal and reduction in rank for various crimes ranging from trafficking in prohibited items to absenteeism.
“The Correctional Service, as the name suggests, was established to deradicalize misfits, therefore officers are required to possess a level of moral rectitude to do the job,” Nababa said.
The head of NCoS therefore directed the officers to continue to apply themselves to progressive activities and commitments that would improve service in accordance with the NCoS Act.