21 Dec Nigeria: Nigeria Achieves Zero Jail Attacks Throughout 2023, Announces NcoS
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a notable achievement, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) reported zero jailbreaks and attacks in all 253 custodial centers across the country throughout the entirety of 2023. Assistant Controller of Corrections, Mr. Abubakar Umar, highlighted the comprehensive measures taken by the government to enhance the security of these facilities, effectively countering potential threats from internal and external sources.
Reflecting on past challenges, Umar mentioned the significant incident on July 5, 2022, where the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked a highly fortified custodial center in Abuja, resulting in the escape of 879 inmates. However, in 2023, no such incidents occurred, showcasing the success of robust security measures and the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders.
The dedication and professionalism of security personnel, along with the implementation of stringent protocols and procedures, played a crucial role in maintaining the security of custodial centers. The absence of jail attacks in 2023 is hailed as a significant milestone, emphasizing the commitment to upholding law and order in the country.
Umar also highlighted the importance of proper inmate rehabilitation and reintegration in contributing to the peace enjoyed in custodial centers. He emphasized that a secure and well-maintained custodial system not only upholds the rule of law but also provides an environment conducive to the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.
The achievement is attributed to the collaboration and intelligence sharing among law enforcement agencies, including the Nigerian Police Force and other security entities. The coordinated efforts of these stakeholders, coupled with vigilance, have undeniably contributed to the positive outcome of zero jail attacks in 2023.
As the NCoS continues its commitment to public safety, the spokesperson acknowledged the crucial role custodial centers play in society, providing a secure environment that allows businesses to thrive. The absence of chaos within these facilities contributes to overall public safety and underscores the success of collective efforts in maintaining security.