The federal government has charged the newly commissioned officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service, to be firm and courageous in the discharge of their lawful duty.
The government gave this charge when the ministerac of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was the reviewing officer, spoke at the passing out parade in Kaduna, the Kaduna State capital, yesterday.
He said that they are t.fore required to be firm and courageous in carrying out their lawful duties and reminded them that the nation’s facilities are sacred and inviolable, adding that they are a red zone that they shall defend with the re.s at their disposal. He reminded them that they are all stakeholders in the quest to restore lasting peace in the country and that every hand must t.fore be on deck.
“From now on, t. should be capacity development such that t. will be sufficient officers that can effectively bear and use sophisticated arms in the defence of our custodial centres. Flowing from this, only such officers should be deployed to man the facilities.
“The officers in all the custodial centres should be exemplary in character and conduct. They should shun any practice that will jeopardise the security of the custodial centres and by implication the Nigerian people,” the minister charged the officers.
The minister also informed the officers to serve the nation to the best of their ability and ensure inmates are returned to society as better persons.
“You have been called into leadership positions in this system, to serve the nation in this great and wonderful enterprise of keeping offenders safe and sound in custody and ultimately making them better persons than they were before coming in.
“You must not fail nor falter in this assignment. T. are many challenges and temptations that will require sacrifices and determination for you to progress and succeed in your career. You must serve with your whole heart and might,” the minister stated.
Subsequently, the minister paid a visit to the Kaduna Medium Security Custodial Centre, established in 1915, w. he and the Controller General of the Service, Haliru Nababa, were conducted round the facility.
He charged the contingent of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Immigration Service and armed guards of the correction service to ensure that no one who attempts to bridge the facility lives to tell the story.
“Carry out periodic drills to show your readiness and preparedness to repel any type of attack. You have the authority and backing of Mr. President to defend this facility.
“The heads of your agencies have been directed to ensure maximum compliance with this directive. Bring down the might of the federal government on any would-be attacker and ensure the facility is not breached,” the minister charged the officers.
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