The Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has approved the suspension of 14 prison officers following the recent escape of two high profile inmates, Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu, from Kuje Medium Security Prison.
This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Francis Enobore, which revealed that the suspended officers include four senior officers and 10 junior staff.
The statement added that the suspension was ratified by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) “sequel to the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the incident and in consonance with PSR 030406 (2008) Revised Version.”
Enobore revealed that the commissioned officers among them would be served with letters of query while the junior staff would be given Form 96 (Charge Sheet) to explain their role in the jailbreak adding that they all were suspended from duty to allow for unhindered trial process.
“Efforts to recapture the fleeing prisoners in collaboration with sister security agencies were ongoing,” he revealed.
“The Controller General wishes to solicit the cooperation of members of the public to volunteer useful information that will assist in the recapture of the fugitives.”
Recall that Messrs. Amodu and Ajukwu, both standing trial for culpable homicide, escaped from the prison on June 24.
The affected officers and men are DCP Musa Tanko, SIP Buhari Musa Dogo, PIP Stephen Edogbanya J and PIP Patrick Teru.
The junior staff suspended are IP Usman Peter, IP Dennis B. Makum, IP, Fassan S. Akin, SPA Daka James, SPA Adamu Luka, SPA Zakari Yunasa and PA Asnamal Samuel.
Others are PA Ejegwa Patrick, PA 11 Isah Ibrahim and PA 11 Ngede Salifu.