The suspension of the eight officers in charge during the electrocution of inmates has been approved by The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board.

The Suspension of seven senior Officers and one junior officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been approved by the Fire and Immigration Services Board over the electrocution of five inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Center, Ikoyi, Lagos, where seven other inmates were injured on Monday.

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A statement by the NCS spokesman, Controller of Corrections, Francis Enobore in Abuja on Friday, read, “The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board has approved the suspension of seven senior and one junior personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service over the unfortunate electrocution of five inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Lagos, in order to facilitate unfettered investigation into the sad incident.”
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Further investigation shows that the incident was caused by total negligence of the eight officers.A letter signed by the Secretary of the Board, Mallam Hassan Yakmut, stated that the indicted officers were placed on suspension pending “the determination of the Discipline and General Purpose Committee of the Board.”
The service also said the yard was meant for only 34 inmates but 140 inmates were in the cell, adding that the custodial centre, built in 1955 for 800 inmates had a population of 3,113 inmates with 2,680 awaiting trial persons.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, during his visit to the facility ordered a probe into the incident and directed that necessary actions be taken to prevent future occurrence.
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