The Controller-General of Corrections, CGC, Haliru Nababa has ordered the suspension of leave for officers of the Service, especially as the year runs to an end.

Nababa said the suspension of leave is aimed at ensuring maximum security and surveillance systems for all the Correctional Centres in the country, especially as they are being attacked by gunmen.

The CGC, who issued a Red Alert Order during the flag-off of the fourth quarter distribution of working materials at the Headquarters of the Service in Abuja, warned officers and men to be more vigilant and awake to their responsibilities.

The CGC while performing the distribution of different items ranging from inmates’ uniforms, beddings and hygiene materials to Akwa Ibom State Command, re-emphasised the temporary suspension of all types of leave for officers.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Francis Enobore quoted the CGC as saying that “the primary mandate of the Service is to keep inmates in safe and humane custody. We must therefore spare no effort in ensuring that those that are bent on violating the sanctity of custodial Centres are prevented from doing so at all cost.”

He said the measure was to ensure that adequate hands are available to provide safety for all Custodial Centres across the country”.

He assured that progress is being made in recapturing fleeing inmates as collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) reached advanced stage.

Flagging the particulars of escapees is expected to facilitate rearrests when they carry out e-transactions, he added.

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