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Prisons suspends 3 officers for releasing ex-Gov. Ngilari

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… Jude Johnson

The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has suspended three senior officers, over the controversial release of former Adamawa governor, Bala Ngilari,  who was recently jailed by Yola High Court for corruption.

The Public Relations Officer of NPS, Francis Enobore,  disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, announcing the decision by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board.

Enobore listed the affected officers including: Pthe Comptroller of Prisons for Adamawa State,  Peter   Tenkwa; Deputy Comptroller, Abubakar Abaka; and  a Superintendent of Prisons, John Bukar.

According to him, the suspended officers were indicted for their roles in the issuance of an unauthorised medical report that helped Mr. Ngilari leave jail.

The governor was sentenced to a five-year jail term.

The letter dated 3rd April, 2017 and signed by the Director/Secretary of the Board, Sunday Ogu, approved the suspension of the officers pending the outcome of all necessary investigations into the matter.

Justice Nathan Musa of Yola High Court had last week granted bail to Mr. Ngilari on health grounds.

Shortly after the decision of the court was reported, MTenkwa had alleged that the letter used by the convicted former governor to secure the bail was fraudulent.

The senior prison officer claimed  he was not aware of the letter and had communicated to the prison headquarters.But the Prison Spokesperson said a new Controller and officer in-charge had already been posted to take over the state command and Yola prison respectively.

A medical doctor was also deployed to oversee the prison clinic, the statement said.

“ The officers have since resumed duties,” Enobore stated.

The prison authorities were however   we silent on the fate of Mr. Ngilari who is belived to have left Nigeria after the controversial release. The statement did not also suggest if the former governor would be re-arrested.

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