Comptroller General, Correctional Service, CGS Alh. Ja’afaru Ahmed.

By Uthman Siraja             Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) will no longer admit convicts of minor offences in the custodian centres as part of the measure to decongest correctional facilities across the country. Comptroller of the service in Niger State, Alh. Ibrahim Labbo Maradun told Newsline in an exclusive interview in his office in Minna, Thursday, he said the service has put a measure in place to reform any of the convicted criminals on minor offences; adding that the measure was contained in the correctional service act 2019.

He said that instead of serving jail terms, the convicts will now be sentenced to communal labour in a public place such as emir’s palace, sweeping of offices to be supervised by the correctional officers. He explained that the Comptroller General of the Correctional Service, CGS Alh. Ja’afaru Ahmed, along with critical stakeholders in the administration of criminal Justice system in the country are already discussing on the modalities that would actualize the new reform across the correctional centres in the country.

According to the state comptroller, the only convicts that would serve jail terms in the reform   are convicts of capital offences such as rape, armed robbery, culpable homicide, among other heinous crimes.

Speaking further, the state comptroller of the Service noted that the increasing congestion of facilities at the Custodian centres across the country informed the decision of the stakeholders in the administration of criminal Justice system in the country to arrive at the refusal of admission of suspects of minor offences in the Custodian facilities, stressing that alternative sentences of communal service in public places to serve as punishment to those convicts was arrived at.

The Comptroller, Alh. Ja’afaru  Ahmed CGS observed that the comptroller genera of the service was committed to see to the decongestion of Custodian facilities across the country insisting that correctional facilities across the country will be reformed to be habitable to to inmates in the country.