Nigeria Prison Service Nabs Female Phone Smuggler in Prison



Men of the Special Intelligence Squad of the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) Ogun Command burst a syndicate that specializes in smuggling communication gadgets including mobile phones into the prisons in Ogun State.

A female suspect named Fatimo Balogun was nabbed in an attempt to smuggle Nokia Phone concealed in a cellophane bag and buried in a pot of soup into Abeokuta Old Prison.

Recall that on the 13th October, 2017 there was a newspaper report alleging that a prisoner in one of our facilities coordinates interstate robbery operation from inside the prison . In a swift response, the CGP Ja’afaru Ahmed immediately ordered an investigation into the allegation and also read the Riot Act to all Commands.

The danger of using mobile phone and other prohibited items in the prison are enormous as prisoners always cash in on such opportunities to perpetuate evil. It is observed that a number of ugly incidences of escape and jailbreaks recorded by the service in the past, were found to be facilitated by the use of mobile phones.

As a matter of strategy, the strict and dogged approach of the present Controller General of Prisons, has paid- off as evident in this case. The NPS is well repositioned and committed to achieving its primary mandate of providing safe and humane custody for those legally interred, as a major component of Nigeria’s internal security architecture.

In the mean time, the said suspect has been arrested and handed over to the Police for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.

The NPS wishes to use this opportunity to assure members of the public that the Service is dedicated to providing excellent penal Services, aa mandated by law and therefore solicit tje support of well meaning Nigerians to compliment the efforts of the government in stamping out criminal elements in the society.

In rhe same vain, friends and visitors ro get prisons facilities where prisoners are kept are warned to desist from smuggling prohibited its capable of compromissing security into the yard as the authority will not hesitate to take decisive action against violators.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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