By Wole Mosadomi
Minna- The recent jailbreak at the Minna medium security prison in Niger state has led to the immediate retirement of some officers in the state command of the Nigeria Prisons Service.


Top among those affected are the state Comptroller, Alhaji Baba Gana who has been retired and replaced by Alhaji Ilyasu Mustapha from Taraba state.

Also affected in the reorganization is the Assistant Comptroller of Prisons in charge of the Minna Medium Security Prison, Alhaji Abubakar Tsalaha who has also been transferred to the zonal headquarters and replaced with another Comproller of prisons, Agade from PortHarcourt.

It would be recalled that the Comptroller General of Nigeria Prisons, Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed set up a Committee headed by the Comptroller General in charge of Operations, Alhaji Mohammed Garba to investigate what led to the jailbreak and give some recommendations.

The Committee sat for about two weeks in Minna.

Meanwhile, judgment set to have been delivered in some cases before some Courts in Minna has also been slowed down because some of the accused are among the 180 inmates that escaped following the jailbreak in May, this year.

This is because some of the inmates whose cases are to be determined are still at large and could not be arraigned before the concerned Judges.

One of the Courts affected include the one presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Maria Dzukogi and another by Justice Zaynab.

Our Correspondent reliably gathered that the Judges were told that the accused persons could not be brought to the courts because they were among the 180 inmates that escaped from the Minna medium security prison in May this year.

Two of the cases in question for which judgements were to have been delivered were for armed robbery while the other was for homicide which carry capital punishment.

Due to the development, the courts concerned have been forced to adjourn “sine -die” until the fleeing suspects are rearrested.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Nasara Danmalam when contacted confirmed the story saying the Director of Public Prosecution had been directed to compile list of similar cases in order to know the next line of action.


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