The Nigerian Correctional Service has set up a special security team to strengthen its security around correctional centres across the country in line with the directive of Mr Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior during the Ministerial retreat held in Ilorin, Kwara state on December 9.
Mr Haliru Nababa, Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, made the disclosure yesterday at the end of a meeting he had with the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abubakar Audu, and Mr Idris Jere, the Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.
According to him, the meeting centred on strategies to strengthen intelligence gathering and sharing to security operatives to enable them nip attacks in the bud.
He said the synergy would also include the immediate inauguration of a Joint Taskforce of armed personnel from the three arm bearing agencies under the Ministry of Interior.
He further stated that the task force is expected to combine with the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police Force that were already deployed to support correctional facilities armed squad in guarding custodial centres.
In his remarks, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, lauded the initiative and promised to task all State Commandants of his Service to gear up for the onerous task, noting that Nigerian custodial centres are now designated as critical national infrastructure being the last agency in the actualisation of criminal justice dispensation in Nigeria.
He canvassed for regular meetings and more investment in intelligence gathering that would help forestall armed invasion of facilities and other criminal activities in the future.
Idris Jere, acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, said the agency was poised to activate the data of escapees in all the entry and exit points that were manned by his personnel. He called for a common front to challenge the misguided activities of armed criminals.
In a related development, the Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Mr Haliru Nababa, had on December 16, visited Mr Aliyu Abubakar, Director General, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, to finalise the process of red-flagging fleeing inmates.