The Nigerian Prisons Service has denied allegations that its Staff extorts money from Inmates relatives during visits.
The Rivers state command in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, A.J Ofoni said this while reacting to an online report lamenting alleged extortion from an inmates’ relative.
The command while insising that visit to the prison is free however said investigations are ongoing in order to determine the veracity of the allegations.
The statement read in part: “The Command wishes to make it clear that “VISIT IS FREE”, and is boldly written and pasted at various points of the Prison visit area, including the official phone line for complaints to the National Headquarters, but no visitor has however made any complaints of extortion to the Officer in charge of the Prison or the Controller of Prisons, Rivers State Command.
“Inmates welfare is paramount to the service as such visit from Inmates friends and relatives are encouraged to foster their relationship.
“While investigations are ongoing in order to determine the veracity of the allegations, members of the public are advised to use the platform provided for lodging complaints where necessary.