By IBIRONKE ARIYO
ABUJA- The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), FCT Command, says there is no disquiet in Kuje Custodial Centre over the death of an inmate.
It dismissed a publication by some online media that there were some disturbances by the inmates of custodial centre, Kuje, as a result of the death of an inmate.
The command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Chukwuedo Humphrey, made this known in a statement he issaued on Tuesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NCoS, however, confirmed the death of an inmate on Aug. 29 after a protracted illness.
Humphrey said that the report was not true and did not reflect the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the yard.
“When the inmate was admitted into Kuje Custodial Centre in 2019, he came with an already deteriorating health condition.
“This is what necessitated his placement on special medical observation and management by a combined team of medical personnel of the NCoS.
“This also came with occasional referrals to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, for check-ups.
“ For over three years, the Service has provided free medical services and other necessary care and support to sustain him because it is our responsibility to do so, ” Humphrey said in the statement.
He said that it was unfortunate that when he went into a crisis on Saturday, Aug., 27, all efforts to resuscitate and stabilise him failed.
The NCoS spokesman said that his fellow inmates were aware of this and so there was no form of disquiet amongst them.
“It was, therefore, strange to read a report from mischief makers insinuating that the inmates were fomenting crisis over the incident, “he said.
Humphrey said the Controller, FCT Command, Mr Ahmed Musa, had appealed to media practitioners to verify their facts before feeding the public.
“For emphasis, the health of inmates remains a top priority of the Controller General of the Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, who had continued to maintain regular drugs supply for use of inmates,“ the statement said. (NAN)