Following the prison break at Kuje Prisons last week, the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Ahmed Jafa’aru, has ordered the removal of the officer in charge of the prison, Musa Tanko.
According to a report by The Punch, Tanko was redeployed to another location that it is yet to be ascertained.
Tanko has, however, been ordered to report to the prison command at Abuja where he would face a panel of investigators.
Two inmates of the prison, Maxwell Ajukwu and Solomon Amodu, had escaped from the facility last week Friday by jumping the fence. Both men, who are awaiting trial for murder, are still at large.
According to a source who spoke to the Punch, Tanko would be investigated and punished if found guilty.
“For now, only the officer in charge had been transferred out of the prisons, but we don’t know if other senior officers like the yard master and the officer on duty would also be redeployed out of Kuje prisons. For now, everyone is waiting with bated breath to see the next line of action by the authorities.”
Speaking on the development, the Prison Service Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, noted that removal and deployment cannot be the punishment.
He said that investigation was ongoing and that the report of the investigation would be sent to the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahaman Dambazzau (retd.).
“The management of the prisons service is taking the matter seriously and any indicted officer will be severely punished, so transfer cannot be the punishment for escape of inmates.”