June 11, 2024

Why we have Army General in our custody – Prisons Service

Prison congestion: FG urged to resolve minor cases, decongest prisons

By Omeiza Ajayi

The Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS has dismissed the position of a whistleblowing group about an army General in its custody as ill-informed, saying it never arrested the said officer but only accepted him into custody following a valid warrant from the Military Court Martial.

Spokesman of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the Service, Adamu Duza disclosed this in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja.

He said the former Group Managing Director and Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Army Properties Limited, Maj. Gen. Umaru Muazu Mohammed was detained with a valid warrant.

“The Command wishes to state equivocally that the Service is a responsible security agency set up by the laws of the federation, with the mandate of keeping the legally interned.

“The Nigerian Correctional Service only admits persons legally interned by a competent court of law or a military court martial. In the case of the said General, he was legally detained by a military court martial, with a valid warrant.

“It is rather unfortunate for the said group, acting without knowledge of how the system works, to feed the public with false information bourne out of crass ignorance.

“Asking the Nigerian Correctional Service to release the Major General who was legally interned by a military court martial, is a aberration to the criminal justice process.

“The FCT command of the Nigerian Correctional Service enjoins the public to disregard the call by the said group as it is committed to safe and humane custody of all persons committed in its care”.