The Rivers command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) says it is collaborating with sister security agencies to beef up security in prisons across the state.
Alex Oditah, the NCoS comptroller in Rivers, stated this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday by the command spokesperson, Juliet Ofoni.
Mr Oditah, who visited the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) comptroller D. Oni and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) commandant, Bature Aliyu, explained that the move was to prevent jailbreaks in the state.
“The visits are sequel to the directive from the Comptroller General of Corrections, Mr Haliru Nababa, to collaborate with sister security agencies to beef up security around custodial centres in the state,” Mr Oditah noted. “This is in view of the incessant attacks on custodial centres in the country.”
He expressed optimism that the partnership would help keep the correctional facilities safe and prevent future attacks from external aggressors.
Speaking, Mr Oni pledged the full cooperation and support of the NIS.
On his part, Mr Aliyu stated that the collaboration would go a long way to discourage attacks on custodial centres.
He pledged the support of NSCDC towards protecting prisons in Rivers.
Hoodlums had on January 4 attacked and freed inmates at the Police Divisional Headquarters in Okirika, Rivers.