Reps’ C’mte to probe prison breaks nationwide


House of Representative at Thursday plenary mandated its committee on Reformatory and Correctional Institutions to investigate the incidences of prisons breaks across the country.

The House also urged the Controller of General of Corrections to immediately reinforce the armed Squad of the Service as part of measures to prevent reoccurrence.

The parliament also called for effective collaboration between the Federal and State Governments to tackle threats to the facilities and particularly beef up security around the correctional centres nationwide.

While also asking the Service and other security agencies to intensify efforts to recapture escapees in view of the danger it portends, the House also sought the amendment of the extant rules to enable members of the Controller General of Corrections into the National Security Council.

The resolutions were reached following the consideration of a motion under matters of urgent public importance, titled, ”Need to Investigate Jailbreaks Across the Country with a view to Forestalling reoccurrence,” sponsored by Hon. Chudy Momah from Anambra State.

Presenting the motion, Momah said that the attacks on correctional facilities have become a threat to internal security.