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General News of Friday, 19 November 2021


Arm prison officials to curb jailbreaks - Reps

House of Representatives House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has proposed arming officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service with guns and other weapons to prevent jailbreaks in the country.

This proposal is contained in a motion unanimously adopted at the plenary on Thursday, which was moved by a member, Gudaji Kazaure.

Moving the motion titled, ‘Need to Upgrade Correctional Centres in Nigeria,’ Kazaure noted the recent cases of jailbreaks across the country had led to the destruction of correctional centres.

The lawmaker also noted that correctional centres were where convicted criminals were kept to make the society safe, “thus it is dangerous for such convicts to be let loose.”

He said, “The House is concerned that if adequate steps are not taken to re-arrest the escaped convicts and provide adequate security in correctional centres, some of the criminals who escaped may become emboldened to the point of forming terrorist groups that would put the country in jeopardy.”

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Federal Government to rehabilitate and upgrade the correctional centres “with the latest and sophisticated arms such as the General Purpose Machine Guns and automatic machine guns, as well as latest security, electric fence wires and sophisticated Close Circuit Television cameras.”

The House also urged the Federal Government to take over the payment of electricity bills of the correctional centres in Nigeria or exempt the centres from paying electricity bills.

The House also mandated its Committee on Appropriations to include the rehabilitation and upgrade of the centres in the 2022 budget estimates.

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