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Prison Attack: Bandits Acting a Script, Protect South-West, Gani Adams Warns IGP

Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has condemned the attack on the Oyo town correctional facility, saying the invasion was a national embarrassment.

Suspected bandits Friday night reportedly attacked the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town, freeing an unspecified number of inmates at the facility.

While reacting in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, the Yoruba generalissimo said the invasion of Oyo town prison by bandits has exposed the poor security situation in the country.

He also expressed concern about the situation, adding that Oyo State and the entire South-west has never experienced such an attack in a very long time.

Recalling that the same situation also played out in Kabba, Kogi state, Adams warned the Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, to protect prisons across South-West.

“Oyo town has never recorded such incident in its long history. It is unfortunate that insecurity has triggered various types of menace,” he said.

Adams added, “Following the attack on the Abuja-bound train, and the Oyo prison attack, it is certainly no doubt that the bandits are playing out a script that will later engulf the entire nation.

“It is, indeed, very ridiculous to hear such unsavoury news coming from the ancient town. However, I want to express my concern to Kabiesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Oyo state government”

“I am also using this opportunity to urge the Inspector General of Police to look into the security situation in Oyo and address the problem in the most professional manner. Oyo state is very sensitive to the southwest and we cannot continue to live in fears.”

Source: Punch News.

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•Asks Attorney General To Begin Process Of Domesticating Non-Custodial Policy

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has asked the state Attorney General and Honourable Commissioner for Justice to commence the legal process of domesticating the Non-Custodial policy contained in the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019 in a bid to decongest the Correctional Centres in the state.

The Governor expressed concern over the number of Awaiting Trail Persons, ATP, across the five Custodial Centres in the state.

He spoke on Tuesday in his office while receiving in audience the Controller of Correctional Services, Ondo State Command, Mr. Opeyemi Fatinikun.

Governor Akeredolu commended the Nigerian Correctional Service for its systematic reorientation of inmates into the society under its 3is Initiative of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration.

He said the Agricultural and Entrepreneurial programmes of the Nigerian Correctional Service have been beneficial to the society and inmates after their terms.

The Governor assured of his administration’s readiness to continue to ensure that all agencies of government are assisted despite paucity of funds.

Earlier, the State Controller expressed the fecilitations and good wishes of his Controller-General and the Command to Governor Akeredolu over his victory at the Supreme Court.

He assured the Governor that his command will support the State Government “within the ambit of Criminal Justice Administration, Security and any other areas” required for effective collaborations.

The Controller noted with grave concern the number of inmates in the Custodial Cetres and Facility in Ondo State and sought the assistance of the State Government on the smooth discharge of the Command’s operational duties.

“Mr Governor, we have 950 inmates, 755 Awaiting Trials Persons,12 Females, 55 Lifers, 1 person condemned. We request that the Governor find time to visit the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Olokuta,” he added.

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