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Minister tasks Correctional Service on integrity, patriotism

Officers and men of the Nigeria Correctional Service, NCoS have been told to be exemplary in both character and conduct, and shun practices that will jeopardize the security of the custodial centres and that of the country at large.

The minister of interior, Agbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the instruction during the passing out parade of the 28th Assistant Superintendent of Correction, ASC Basic Course, Batch D, at the correctional Service Staff College, Kaduna.

Describing the newly inducted officers and men as stakeholders in a quest to restoring lasting peace in the country, the minister who was also the reviewing officer enjoined them to remain discipline, patriotic and diligent in the discharge of their statutory mandate.

Mr Rauf Aregbesola pointed to the fact that, inmates are deemed by law to be criminals undergoing Reformation, hence the need for the Correctional Officers to defend them using the available resources at their disposal.

He explained that the effectiveness and Integrity of any custodial facility is the humane and safe custody of inmates as well as prevention of inmates from escape, adding that, officers must not compromised on their integrity, safety and security for all.

The minister called on the special armed squad who are managing the Country’s custodial facilities to upgrade their capacity to weapons handling for effective security as he described as red zones the nation’s correctional facilities.

The reviewing officer commended the Commandant of the Correctional staff college ACGC Benson Abolade Victor and his team of instructors for their effort at ensuring that the college continues to fulfil its mandate of training and retraining of correctional officers particularly in the light of the emerging national and global security challenges.

The high point of the passing out parade was the award of excellence to distinguished correctional Officers and men on academics, leadership, drill and behavior, as one hundred and two correctional Officers graduated from the six months basic course.

Reporting by Daniel Karlmax, Editing by Omotola Oguneye