– A female warder was arrested for smuggling alcohol in Kirikiri
– He offence was punished by dismissal from the service
– Her action was described as a threat to national security
A female prison warder has been arrested after she was caught smuggling alcohol to prisoners in Kirikiri Maximum prison.
Premium Times reports that the warder who was attached to the Kirikiri female prison in Lagos has been dismissed following investigation that revealed that she committed the offence.
In a statement by Mr Francis Enobore who is the spokesperson of the Nigerian Prison Service which was signed by Agun Olatunji on behalf of the controller-general of prisons, he said the staff was found guilty of negative activities which borders on trafficking which is
“an act that contravenes the enabling provisions of Sections 14 (i) (a) and Section 82 (n) of Prisons Act Cap P.29 LFN 2004 and punishable under Sections 14 (i) (g) and Section 83 of same Act.”
Enobore said: “Trafficking, in prisons parlance, is the act of smuggling prohibited item(s) or unauthorized information into or out of the prison yard. The offence is usually viewed seriously because of its potential threat to security.
“Cases of inmates making illegal phone calls from their cells, organising jail breaks, having access to weapons, escapes, etc are all traced to trafficking sometimes perpetrated by staff and this has often been a source of embarrassment not only to the Service but the nation at large.
“Such compromising acts no doubt, do not augur well for the security of a custodial institution like the Prisons Service and also put the lives of innocent staff and inmates in serious danger.
“The arrest of the wardress is certainly an indication of the dawn of a new era in prison management in Nigeria and a justification of the recent mass re-deployment of officers and men nationwide to strengthen security.”