By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— Controller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed has advised officers and men of the service against maltreating inmates, warning of dire consequences should there be any breach.
The warning was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the spokesman of the service, DCP Francis Enobore.
According to the statement, the CG gave the warning while addressing members of staff of the Service, at the national headquarters, Abuja during a brief ceremony to commemorate ‘Mandela Day.’
“Ahmed charged officers and men of the service to respect the fundamental human rights of prisoners in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, otherwise called The Mandela Rules”, the statement added.
He reiterated the importance of operating within the scope of the Mandela Rules, stating that the Mandela Rules is a collection of guidelines approved by the United Nations in its General Assembly in the 1957 as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Offenders and later updated by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna in 2015 and renamed The Mandela Rules.
According to him, “different countries are at different levels of development and as such the compliance to the Rules vary from country to country”.