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Alleged Corrupt Practices In Nigerian Prisons: Ikoyi Prisons Must Be Probed, Correctional Service Comptroller Orders

ABUJA, NIGERIA - A panel to investigate Ikoyi Prisons has been set up by the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed.

The decision to set up the panel came sequel to the exposure of alleged corrupt practices in the Nigerian prisons by an undercover journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, who had spent eight days as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison, for the purposes of tracking corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

Fisayo Soyombo had specifically documented experiences on “drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations” at the facility.

In a statement on Tuesday (yesterday) night, Ja’afaru Ahmed declared that those found guilty of the allegations will be punished.

According to the statement, "The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been drawn to allegations of drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations in Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Lagos.

“In view of the gravity of the allegations, the Controller General, Ja’afaru Ahmed has set up a high powered panel to immediately commence full investigations into the matter in order to establish the authenticity of the report, identify and bring the culprits to book if found guilty of the allegations.

“The CG, who gave the directive in his office in Abuja Tuesday, stated that the Service is willing to work with the general public as well as relevant stakeholders in the justice sector to actualize the policy objectives of transforming the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) into a modern reformatory institution that operates in line with best international practices.” 

Ja’afaru Ahmed also revealed that no plan is in existence to effect the arrest or harass Fisayo Soyombo over his investigation.

Ja’afaru Ahmed said: “Investigative journalists are partners, who seek the development of the nation, and called for more of such findings aimed at reforming the institution for better service delivery.

“He, therefore, called for more constructive engagement with the media and the general public with a view to strengthening the implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.”

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