Manpower: Prisons to recruit 6,000 personnel

…as police recruitment records forgery cases   The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) is set to recruit 6,000 personnel to boost its manpower needs. New Telegraph’s investigation revealed that the recruitment exercise, which had received presidential approval, will cut across the officer and lower cadres. The approval, New Telegraph further gathered from sources at the Service, came through the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB), which is responsible for formulating policy guidelines for the agencies. One of the sources, who spoke in confidence with this newspaper, said: “I…

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Prisons: Reforming them through education

Enugu Maximum Security Prison has been witnessing streaks of academic exploits by inmates in recent time. Just last week, a total of 81 inmates of the Prison recorded credit in English Language and Mathematics in the just released November/ December, 2007 National Examination Council (NECO) examinations. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the prisons, Monday Chukwu Emeka, an Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP), gave out the information to journalists in Enugu.   Emeka quoted the Desk Officer in charge of After-care Unit, CSP Kelvin Iloafonsi, as reporting that over 80…

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75 prisons officers get promotion in Enugu

Seventy-five officers of the Enugu State Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), who were recently promoted in the just released 2016/2017 promotion exercise, were yesterday decorated with their new badges of rank by the Controller of Prisons, Enugu State Command, Mr. Ndubuisi Ogbodo. Ogbodo, who was assisted by other service chiefs and spouses of the promoted officers at the prisons headquarters, Independence Layout, Enugu, congratulated the officers on behalf of the Controller General of Prisons, Ahmed Ja’afarau, for the new height they attained. A statement by the Public Relations…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 1)

MIKE OZEKHOME SAN, OFR

INTRODUCTION The farcical story that NIA, Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large haul of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m is heretic flapdoodle, bunkum, baloney, hogwash, poppycock and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so called anti-corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds. The…

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Biafra is unstoppable –Ikedife, IPOB

Elder statesman and a former President General of Ohanaeze, Dozie Ikedife, has replied the British Government over its recent statement that Nigeria remains indivisible, saying no one can stop the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra. This came as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide while condemning a statement credited to Alhaji Tanko Yakassai that the Biafra agitation is annoying and the oil in Biafraland does not belong to indigenous people of the land; said that the elder statesman needs to take a lesson in history…

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Most women in prison suffer depression – Agomoh

For Dr. Uju Agomoh, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Actions (PRAWA), it is an experience turned dream that snowballed into passion. This passion, she chases and still chasing with every fibre of her person. In this interview with OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI, Agomoh proves that course of humanity does not just start and end as words of mouth, it is actually an action projected into active motion To her credit, her organisation has trained many prison officers, police officers and other justice sector practitioners since its inception. In addition to her…

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Optometrists task government on rising blindness

Going by global magnitude and causes of visual impairment estimated at 38 million in 1990 and projected to double by 2020, an urgent call to halt the trend has gone to the Federal Government and the private sector. Women members of the Nigerian Optometric Association, Lagos State Branch, which made the call are particularly concerned about inmates of prisons who have visual impairment, and have called for measures to control blindness as well as prevent new cases from developing. According to the Chairperson of the female members of the Nigerian…

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Letter reveals militant group, Eta, poised to disarm

  The Basque militant group Eta says it will hand over all its weapons on Saturday – but warns that its enemies might still block the process. The pledge came in a letter obtained by the BBC, confirming earlier reports about Eta disarmament plans. Eta killed more than 800 people and wounded thousands in over 40 years of violence aimed at Basque independence. Eta declared a ceasefire in 2011 but did not disarm. Spain refuses to negotiate with the armed group. The letter, dated 7 April, says that “after giving…

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