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#Nigerian Prison Officials Now Demand For Bribe Before Remanding Suspects – Police Lament

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The Nigerian police have accused some personnel of Nigeria’s Correctional Service (NCS) of asking for bribe before remanding suspects.

The details of the allegation was found in a memo dated July 18, 2022, sent by the deputy commissioner of police at the Police Special Fraud Unit Ikoyi, Lagos, Ibrahim Zango to the controller general of the correctional service.

According to him, some of the prison officials have been consistent in this “unprofessional conduct,” a practice he said has portrayed the correctional service in “a bad light.”

Zango asked the controller general of the NCS to call his staff to order and prevent an impending dent in the image of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the NCS.

The memo partly reads; “The impunity with which personnel demand between N10,000 and N20,000 from relatives of suspects on Court remand before they can be received for remand portray the Nigeria Correctional Service in a bad light to members of the public and appears highly irrational.

“This wanton act has been severally reported by Officers of this Unit but I never took it to heart until they exhibited the same in my presence at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi – Lagos, and this was witnessed at Igbosere Court, Saka Tinubu, Lagos, and Ogba Magistrate Court, Lagos

“As a measure to abate the above-premised act, I sincerely request that they should be called to order to avert further dent on the image of this government establishment,” it said.

Various corruption indexes have rated the Nigeria Correctional Services, Nigeria Police Force, and the judiciary among the most corrupt institutions in Nigeria.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Services, Abubakar Umar, did not comment when contacted by phone.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of the terrorists behind the attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

This was confirmed by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, during a parley with media executives at the Defence Headquarters, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in Abuja.

According to him, the criminals were arrested in collaboration with other security agencies.

Recall, about 40 persons were killed in the attack with 70 others injured in the attack carried out on June 5 at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo.


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