FG Is Focused On Building Modern Prisons, Says Dambazau

FG Is Focused On Building Modern Prisons, Says Dambazau

 

The Federal Government has unveiled plans to invest in the building of modern prisons across the country.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), disclosed this at an event held on Saturday in Abuja.

He said, “Most of our prisons, particularly those situated in urban centres are more than a century old; over a hundred years old.

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“So, what we do is to ensure that we build modern prisons that will meet the required universal standard for the treatment and rehabilitation of prison inmates.

Dambazzau offered some perspective at the inauguration of some projects at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) in the nation’s capital.

According to him, correctional facilities in the country are in dire need of rehabilitation or outright replacement.

 

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Interior, Mr Adams Jagaban, also addressed the audience at the event.

He hinted that the plan by the National Assembly to make the prison an efficient corrective service centre was already contained in the Nigeria Correctional Service Bill.

The lawmaker noted that the bill had been passed but has yet to be assented to by the President.

He said, “Honourable Minister, I want to assure you and the Nigerian public that apart from the physical thing one can see and touch, the greatest achievement is the passage of this bill.”

“Since 1999 that we have been working hard to pass this bill, it has never reached this level but with the cooperation of the current Controller-General of Prisons, we have reached the position we are today,” Jagaban added.

Nigeria has over 1,400 prisons across the country and most of them are in a poor state and over-populated.

According to the NPS, there are over 73,000 inmates in these facilities with more than 23,000 convicted.

No fewer than 49,000 inmates are awaiting trial for various offences they are said to have committed.

FG Launches Internal Security Alert System

FG Launches Internal Security Alert System
File photo: Abdulrahman Dambazau

 

The Federal Government has launched a national internal security and public safety alert system for Nigerians.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday.

He explained that the system involves a mobile app that puts information and panic buttons in one place for all the agencies under the Ministry of Interior.

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According to the minister, the whole idea is to create a user-friendly method of ensuring internal security across the country.

A technical staff at the ministry who has been assigned to man the situation room said the app can be downloaded on Google Play Store by typing NISPSAS.

He demonstrated how the app can be used during the press briefing, stating that the response time for the panic button is in microseconds.

FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays To Mark Eid-El-Fitr

FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays To Mark Eid-El-Fitr
File photo: Abdulrahman Dambazau

 

The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid-el-Fitr.

The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), announced this on Monday in a statement by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr M. Umar.

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan.

Mr Dambazau also urged all Nigerians, irrespective of their religion, to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.

He said the government wishes that the people are inspired by the virtues gained during the holy month of Ramadan to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.

The minister further encouraged the citizenry to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking the nation to greater heights.

He wished all Nigerians a happy, peaceful and rewarding Id-el Fitr celebration.

Flee From Religious Conflicts, Dambazau Tells Nigerians

Abdulrahman Dambazau, Religious ConflictsMinister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has called on Nigerians not to allow themselves be dragged into religious conflicts.

Mr Dambazau stressed the need for the call, following insinuations that the criminal violence in Kaduna State’s southern region has some religious interpretation.

He pointed out that there were people who look for ways to further create division along religious or ethnic fault lines for their selfish interest, with the aim of creating instability in Nigeria’s internal security.

Also, the Minister emphasised that true religious leaders do not fan the embers of hate, but ensure that communities live in peace and harmony.

He maintained that economic growth and development would remain a mirage for Nigeria; with over 500 ethnic groups and multiple religions, unless the citizens resolve to live amicably as a people with common destiny.

Real Enemies Of The Society

Mr Dambazau explained further that those who perpetrate violence against innocent and law-abiding citizens do not discriminate along religious and ethnic lines, citing examples of how communities in Zamfara, Katsina, Taraba, Enugu, Lagos and Niger were victimised by those violent criminals.

He stated that a criminal should be treated as such, whether he was caught in the act or involved in armed robbery, drug trafficking, homicides or cattle rustling.

“People should avoid honouring criminals with religious or ethnic attachment,” he cautioned.

The Interior Minister urged opinion and religious leaders to refrain from giving the crisis between herdsmen and sedentary farmers in Southern Kaduna a religious connotation.

He, however, suggested that attention should be focused on the real enemies of the society, who illegally acquire weapons to terrorise Christians and Muslims communities alike.

Mr Dambazau urged the police to ensure the sustenance of law and order, as well as arrest and prosecute anyone involved in criminal activities.

He also urged Nigerians to cooperate with the police by providing actionable information in its quest to restore normalcy to the troubled communities.

The minister further reassured citizens of the Federal Government’s commitment to tackling the root causes of similar crisis across Nigeria.

He said the government would also pay special attention to measures aimed at eradicating poverty, climate change, population explosion and the issues of youth bulge which he said have been identified as some of the causative factors of the conflicts.

Mr Dambazau made the remarks in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mr Ehisienmen Osaigbovo.

FG Declares December 26, 27 And January 2 Public Holiday

Abdulrahman Dambazau, Public HolidaysThe Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, December 26 & 27, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year 2017 celebrations respectively.

The declaration was made on Wednesday on behalf of the government by the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd).

General Dambazau enjoined all Christians and Nigerians in general to remain committed and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, in his sustained efforts towards building a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria.

He also urged the citizens to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity and peaceful co-existence across the country.

The minister wishes all Nigerians at home and abroad, a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

The announcement was contained in a statement issued by the Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Mr Muhammadu Maccido.

Eid-El-Maulud: FG Declares Dec 12 Public Holiday

Eid-El-Maulud: FG Declares Dec 12 Public HolidayThe federal government has declared Monday, December 12, as public holiday to mark the Eid-el-Maulud celebration.

‎The Minister Of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made this known on Thursday in Abuja.

The Minister told all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to support efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to build a strong, united and peaceful nation. ‎

‎He also asked Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace and sustainable national development.

FG Sacks 23 Prison Officers Over Jailbreaks

Nigeria Prisons Service, Prison, JailbreaksTwenty-three officers of the Nigeria Prisons Service have been relieved of their jobs for their alleged role in the jailbreaks that occurred recently at Kuje Medium Security Prison in the Federal Capital Territory and Koton-Karfe Prison in Kogi State.

This decision was approved at an emergency meeting of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board in Abuja on August 11.

A statement from the Nigeria Prisons Service indicates that 17 junior staff of the Kuje and Konton-Karfe prisons have also been sacked in connection with the jailbreaks.

In addition, the officer in charge of the Nsukka Prison in Enugu State, Mr Lawrence Okonkwo and 10 other staff of the facility have been suspended, to allow for an investigation of the escape of 15 inmates from the prison last week, though six of them were said to have been re-arrested.

The sack comes on the heels of the three jailbreaks that occurred between June and August in Kuje, Koton-Karfe and Nsukka prison facilities, all in Nigeria.

Two inmates escaped from the Kuje prison while 13 others fled the Koton-Karfe prison.

The Nsukka jailbreak was the recent where 15 prisoners escaped, just as six escapees were rearrested.

FG Will Restructure Nigerian Prisons – Dambazau

Abdulrahman Dambazau PrisonsThe Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), says the Federal Government will commence total restructuring of Nigeria’s prisons.

He announced the plan on Tuesday at a meeting organised for senior officers of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Minister said that the reform is coming as part of measures to forestall cases of prison breaks in the near future.

General Dambazau noted that the present situation of prisons across the country calls for structural changes as some of them have not been remodelled in the last 100 years.

He informed the officials that another area the government would focus on is the provision of close circuit cameras for adequate security, as recommended by the House of Representatives.

The Interior Minister further warned that the government would not fail to take punitive measures against officers who become complacent in the discharge of their duties.

The meeting became important after the jail breaks in Kuje Prison, Abuja and another at the Koton Karfe Prison in Kogi State happening within two months.

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Jafaru Ahmed, on his part gave an update on the recent Koton Karfe prison break.

He called on all senior officers in the Prisons Service to buckle up as he equally vowed that the law would catch up with any official found wanting.

Mr Ahmed also urged Nigerians to provide information that would be helpful to officials of the NIS in the discharge of their duties.

Jail Break: Danbazzau Visits Kuje Prison

Danbazzau, Kuje Prison, Jail breakThe Nigeria Prisons Service will carry out an appraisal of the security arrangements at all the nation’s prisons.

The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazzau (Rtd) revealed this when he visited the Kuje Prison in Abuja.

Two inmates escaped from the Kuje Prison during a jail break at the weekend.

General Dambazau explained that the new arrangement will ensure that there is no re-occurrence of weekend’s jail break.

FG To Deploy Technology For Border Security

TechnologyThe Federal Government says it is deploying technology to monitor movement in and outside the various border areas of the country, to reduce the Nigeria’s exposure to insecurity.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, gave the hint in Ogun State on Thursday after inspecting facilities at a private training centre in Remo North Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the development was to ensure the safety and security of the country through the 5,000 km radius border areas with sister African countries.

“The porousness of our border is a general problem in the country. We have close to 5,000km of border all round and most of it unmarked.

“Certainly, one thing I am very sure of is the fact that we will apply technology in order to monitor the extensive borders and also in order to check unnecessary caution into the country particularly, those who come in here with bad intentions (such as) smuggling small arms, light weapons, smuggling in drugs and engaging in human trafficking and all the cross-border illegalities.

“I want to tell you that these are priority for the Ministry of Interior because most of the internal security problems that we are having have to do with the accessibility and availability of weapons.

“Of drugs, we will check that at the source (and) if we do that, I am sure 50% or more of the internal security challenges will be solved.”

Army, Police Seek More Budgetary Allocations

Solomon-AraseThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has described the 4.5 billion Naira overhead budget of the Nigeria Police Force as ‘grossly inadequate’.

This is part of the police chief’s presentation before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on Wednesday, as he defends the 2016 budget allocation to the force.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau and officials of the Nigeria Police Force were before the Committee on Police Affairs.

Mr Dambazau started with a brief address on a special intervention fund for police formations and commands.

“In this situation we have with the northeast and also other hot spot areas of insecurity. This is why this fund is domiciled within the ministry. It is a special intervention to the police,” he said.

It is a position lawmakers were not comfortable with.

“Grossly Inadequate”

In his presentation, the police boss said more funds should be allocated to the police.

“Because we dismantled the roadblocks, to keep safe the highways, we will have an approximate of 600 vehicles on the road and those vehicles have to be fuelled. The policemen who man those vehicles are entitled to pure water or even one Gala, during the tour of their 12 hours duty.

“If you put all these together the 4.5 billion is grossly inadequate. And if we are fighting corruption the way we are doing now, we should be able to remove those things that would be attractive to our men to engage in unprofessional conduct,” the police boss told the lawmakers.

Appearing before the House Committee on Army, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, also appealed for more funds for the army.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission also appeared before a committee in charge of the electoral body’s allocation review, where Professor Mahmood Yacoob, said he had seen the need for a supplementary budget for the commission.

The Committee said it would give the commission all the support it needed in order to start preparation for the 2019 elections well ahead of time.

Even though issues have been raised over the 2016 budget proposal and when it may eventually be passed by the National Assembly, committees are still meeting with Ministries, Departments and Agencies on the document.

Army Repels Boko Haram Attack On Military Base In Yobe

Boko HaramBarely a day after the Interior Minister led a delegation to Yobe State to assess the extent of destruction by Boko Haram militants, the insurgents have attacked the 120 Taskforce Battalion of the Nigeria army in the state.

It was gathered that the militants attacked the Army base stationed in Goniri town in Gujba Local Government Area at about 4:00AM but were repelled by soldiers who engaged them in a gun battle.

The Spokesman of the 27 Task Force Brigade in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital Lieutenant George Okupe, told Channels Television that some of the militants were sighted by security forces around Tashan-Fulani village in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state, which is 35 Kilometres north of Damaturu.

He said 17 of the militants were killed while several others escaped with severe gunshot injuries in the encounter which lasted several hours, with many of the residents reportedly fleeing the violence.

One of the residents told our correspondent in the state that they heard heavy gunshots and explosions and had to run for safety, adding that the battle continued into the early hours of Friday.

The Spokesman also said that 300 rounds of assorted ammunition were recovered from the suspected Boko Haram fighters along with several explosive devices.

Goniri is one of the communities recently recaptured by security forces who are currently working to clear the town and other surrounding community preparatory to the return of the residents who are spread in IDP camps in Yobe and Borno states.