The Federal Government has said it would punish severely prison officers found guilty in recent jailbreaks across prison formations in the country.
The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), handed down the warning during a meeting with all senior prison service officers at the Nigeria Prison Service headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday.
According to him, it was important for prison officers to carry out certain routines daily to ensure the security of the facilities.
Although, Dambazau admitted that most of the prisons had weak structures, due to the number of years they have existed, the minister insisted that there were certain precautions and routines that prison officials could take to prevent jail-breaks.
He revealed that there was the need to de-congest overcrowded prisons, stating that his ministry would propose an inter-ministerial committee with the Ministries of Justice and Women Affairs to work out the modalities.
The minister said, “The prison has the responsibility to rehabilitate those in custody and this is why I believe we must view this with all seriousness in order to know how to tackle the problem of incessant prison escape. Anyone having a responsibility should perform it squarely, otherwise the consequences would be heavy.”
He admonished zonal comptrollers to visit the prison formations under them to ensure their subordinates do what they are expected of.