Kuje Jail Break: Deputy Commissioner, 13 Others Suspended


Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

Ten days after the jail-break at the Kuje Maximum Prison on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which led to the escape of Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu, the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) on Monday approved the suspension of a Deputy Commissioner of Prison (DCP), Mr. Musa Tanko, three senior officers and 10 junior officers.

Amodu and Ajukwu, two high profile inmates standing trial for culpable homicide at the prison facility before the jail-break, are still at large.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of Prisons Service, Mr. Francis Enobore, on behalf of the Controller General of Prisons, Mr. Ja’ afaru Ahmed, in Abuja said the suspension is sequel to the outcome of the preliminary investigation of the jail-break.

The suspended officers and men are SIP Buhari Musa Dogo, PIP Stephen Edogbanya J, PIP Patrick Teru, IP Usman Peter, IP Dennis B. Makum, IP Fassan S. Akin, SPA Daka James and SPA Adamu Luka.

The others are: SPA Zakari Yunasa, PA Asnamal Samuel, PA Ejegwa Patrick, PA 11 Isah Ibrahim and PA 11 Ngede Salifu.

The statement said: “The suspension is sequel to the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the incident and in consonance with PSR 030406 (2008) Revised Version; the officers were suspended from duty to allow for unhindered trial process.

“The commissioned officers among them are to be served with letters of query while the junior staff will be given Form 96 (Charge Sheet ) to explain their role in the unfortunate saga.

Meanwhile, efforts to recapture the fleeing prisoners in collaboration with other security agencies are on-going in addition to tightening security measures in prison formations nationwide to forestall a repeat of such incident, the statement said..