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  •  NCoS NSCDC agree to strenghten security at Enugu custodial centres
    NCoS, NSCDC agree to strenghten security at Enugu custodial centres
     NCoS NSCDC agree to strenghten security at Enugu custodial centres
    NCoS, NSCDC agree to strenghten security at Enugu custodial centres
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    NCoS, NSCDC agree to strenghten security at Enugu custodial centres

    The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Enugu State and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said they would collaborate to strenghten  security at the custodial centres in the state.

    The Controller of Corrections, Mr Nicholas Obiako, and the new NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Alloyious Udeh, reached the agreement on Friday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Udeh was in the office of the NCoS boss on a courtesy visit.

    Obiako assured him that his command would sustain the cordial relationship that existed between the two organisations during his predecessors’ tenure.

    He said: “The two services under the same ministry should complement each other to achieve national security.

    “This command is looking forward to a high level of cooperation to continue to make Enugu State safe for business and development.

    ” Earlier, Udeh said that his visit was to enable them “to chart a more formidable course” on how to secure custodial centres under NSCDC’s Area of Responsibility.

    He said that maximum security in the state could only be achieved through a robust synergy among the sister security agencies.

    “I pledge the support of the NSCDC toward protecting the three custodial centres as critical National Asset that needs not be breached,” Udeh said.

    He also said that his visit was in line with the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbsola’s, directive to the NSCDC commandants, who were newly posted to states.


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  •  NCoS beefs up security in three custodial centres in Enugu
    NCoS beefs up security in three custodial centres in Enugu
     NCoS beefs up security in three custodial centres in Enugu
    NCoS beefs up security in three custodial centres in Enugu
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    NCoS beefs up security in three custodial centres in Enugu

    The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Enugu State Command, says it has beefed up security in its Enugu, Nsukka and Oji-River custodial centres in the state.

    The Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, Mr Nicholas Obiako told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday that the measure was taken with the collaboration partnership with sister security formations in the state.

    Obiako said that the 82 Division Garrison of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) had greatly contributed to the recent security beef up.

    “We have also received more armed officers from the NCoS armed squad from our headquarters in Abuja.

    “On the need for strengthening security; I have gone out and extended the NCoS partnership to the Nigerian Army, Police and NSCDC.

    “They all obliged us with more armed men to beef up security in our Enugu, Nsukka and Oji-River Custodial Centres,’’the controller said.

    Obiako further said that the command had restrategised and scaled up existing internal security architecture in custodial centres under the command.

    The controller said that the Chief Judge of the Enugu State, Justice Raymond Ozoemena, was so impressed with the new level of security when he recently visited the Enugu Custodial Centre.

    Obiako also thanked the chief judge for ensuring speedy justice delivery as well as decongestion of the correctional facilities in the state.

    “We appreciate Justice Raymond Ozoemena, the Chief Judge of Enugu State, for the recent jail delivery held in Enugu Custodial Centre, where an unprecedented 32 inmates were discharged and 104 granted bail within a day.

    “The large number of inmates discharged and bailed will go a long way to sustain the trust inmates have in the judiciary as well as check congestion and overstretching of facilities within custodial centres,” he said.

    NAN reports that the recent security beef up was as a result of the jail break in Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja earlier in July.

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  •  Chief Judge discharges 32 grants 104 bail in Enugu
    Chief Judge discharges 32, grants 104 bail in Enugu
     Chief Judge discharges 32 grants 104 bail in Enugu
    Chief Judge discharges 32, grants 104 bail in Enugu
    General news4 weeks ago

    Chief Judge discharges 32, grants 104 bail in Enugu

    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.

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  •  120 correctional centre inmates in Enugu gain admission into National Open University
    120 correctional centre inmates in Enugu gain admission into National Open University
     120 correctional centre inmates in Enugu gain admission into National Open University
    120 correctional centre inmates in Enugu gain admission into National Open University
    Education1 month ago

    120 correctional centre inmates in Enugu gain admission into National Open University

    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.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  100 inmates in Enugu State score credit passes in English Mathematics in NECO Examination
    100 inmates in Enugu State score credit passes in English, Mathematics in NECO Examination
     100 inmates in Enugu State score credit passes in English Mathematics in NECO Examination
    100 inmates in Enugu State score credit passes in English, Mathematics in NECO Examination
    Education3 months ago

    100 inmates in Enugu State score credit passes in English, Mathematics in NECO Examination

    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. (

    (NAN)