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General News of Wednesday, 10 August 2022


Exclusive: Prison officials demand N10,000 before placing suspects on remand - Police alleges

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The Nigeria Police Force has accused some personnel of Nigeria's Correctional Service of extortion before receiving suspects on remand.

In a correspondence sighted by Premium Times, Ibrahim Zango, deputy commissioner of police at the Police Special Fraud Unit Ikoyi, Lagos, sent a complaint to the controller of the correctional service to call his staff to “order and avert further dent on the image of this government establishment.”

According to Mr. Zango, some of the prison officials have consistently been engaged in this "unprofessional conduct", a practice he believes cast the correctional service in “a bad light.”

“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,” Mr Zango said in the July 18, 2022 letter seen by Premium Times.

“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.”

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, Francis Enobore, did not respond to several calls placed to his line.


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