Female Warder Fired And Arrested For Smuggling Alcohol Into Prison For Inmate
A female warder working with Kirikiri Female Prisons, Lagos, was fired from her job and then arrested for smuggling alcoholic drinks into the prison yard.
The offence, a direct violation 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, is viewed as very serious because of the potential risk it poses to security.
The letter of dismissal signed on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Prisons by the officer-in-charge of discipline, DCP Agun Olatunji (Esq.), stated that the staff was found guilty of negative activities, which borders on trafficking, Vanguard reports.
” Cases of inmates making illegal phone calls from their cells, organising jail breaks, having access to weapons, among others, are all traced to trafficking sometimes perpetrated by staff, which often embarrass not only the service, but the nation at large.
“Such compromising acts, no doubt, do not augur well for the security of a custodial institution such as the Prisons Service and also put the lives of innocent staff and inmates in serious danger“, the letter read.
Going further the letter noted that the overhaul in the prison system with the new prison management could not condone such recklessness.
“The arrest of the wardress is an indication of the dawn of a new era in prison management, and justification for the recent mass re-deployment of officers and men nationwide.”