FG Threatens to Sanction Prison Officers over Frequent Jail Breaks

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By Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Tuesday threatened to impose heavy sanction on prison officers found culpable of cases of jail-breaks and escape from prison formations across the country.

The minister who made the disclosure while addressing senior Prison officers in Abuja, said government is worried over the incessant jail breaks across the country.

According to him, it has become expedient for Prison officers to carry out certain routines daily to ensure the security of the facilities.

He warned that negligence, dereliction of duty and absenteeism by officers will be severely dealt with.

The minister however admitted that most of the prisons structures across the country were old and weak, adding that some are over 100 years.

He insisted that there are certain precautions and routines that prison officials could take to prevent  jail-breaks.

He noted with regret the recent jail-break at Koton-Karfe prison, Kogi State, in which 13 inmates escaped and the escape of two detainees at Kuje prison, Abuja, in June.

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