The authorities of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) have debunked claims of threats to the life of a deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari.
Reports (Metrostarng not included) had stated that some inmates of Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja threatened to kill him for prosecuting them after allegedly collecting money for their release.
The reports also claimed that he had to settle them and correctional services officers financially.
He was said to have been granted access to telephones and to see his wife.
However, the NCoS had reportedly asked for his transfer to the custody of the Department for State Services after the threats continued.
Countering the reports, the Controller-General, NCoS, Haliru Nababa, said in statement that it did not and has no cause to request for the transfer of Abba Kyari or indeed, any inmate to any other detention centre outside its jurisdiction because there is no justification for such.
“Abba Kyari is safe and sound and goes about his daily routine like any other inmate, unharmed. Those playing pranks with his detention are warned to desist from such unpatriotic acts as they may be asked, through formal litigation, to justify their statement.
“The Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, is determined to continue to upscale inmates’ welfare, safe and humane custody with fervour and therefore will not be distracted by inane publications,” the statement noted.
In March 2022, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Kari and six others that are facing drug trafficking charges with him should be moved to the Kuje Correctional Centre.
The court ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), to transfer the defendants to prison custody, shortly after they were denied bail.