Men of the Special Intelligence Squad of the Nigeria Prison Service, NPS, Ogun Command have busted a syndicate that specializes in smuggling communication gadgets, including mobile phones into prisons in Ogun State.
A statement by the command spokesman, Victor Oyeleke, said a female suspect named Fatimo Balogun was nabbed in an attempt to smuggle a Nokia Phone concealed in a cellophane bag and buried in a pot of soup into Abeokuta Old Prison.
On October 13, it was reported that a prisoner in one of our facilities coordinated interstate robbery operation from inside the prison.
In a swift response, the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, immediately ordered 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,” Oyeleke, a deputy superintendent of prisons, said.
He said the suspect had been handed over to the police for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.