Akeredolu raises alarm over withdrawal of soldiers from Ondo correctional centres

January 5, 2022

1.7 min readCategories: News

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has condemned in strong terms, the withdrawal of men of the Nigerian Army from the Correctional Centers across the State, lamenting that it would induce jailbreaks

Akeredolu has therefore accused the Army of inducing steps toward jailbreaks in the state.

Akeredolu, who received a full briefing of the situation from the Commissioner of Police, Oyediran Oyeyemi expressed worries that the action could encourage jailbreak.

The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde in Akure wondered why soldiers will be withdrawn from correctional centers which belong to the Federal Government.

“Last night, Governor Akeredolu received reports from the Commissioner of Police in the state that soldiers attached to the correctional centers in the state have all been withdrawn.

“This development came as a surprise, considering the fact that both the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Correctional Centers belong to the Federal Government.

The Governor was more bothered about the overflow effect of the soldiers’ withdrawal on the security situation in the state. More so that such action could easily encourage jailbreaks across the state.

“It is, however, pertinent to alert members of the public and the Federal Government of this unwholesome situation. Findings into the remote cause of this action have only revealed that it was an order from above without corresponding details.

“It is, however, pertinent to alert members of the public and the Federal Government of this unwholesome situation. Findings into the remote cause of this action have only revealed that it was an order from above without corresponding details.

The situation notwithstanding, proactive efforts have been made to secure these centers so as not to allow premeditated jailbreaks as whoever gave the order to withdraw those soldiers was in the process of encouraging such.” the statement added.

The statement said that the governor has met with other security heads in the state, particularly the Police, and charged them to take over their responsibility of internal security in the state.

Credit: Vanguard News Nigeria

 

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