Two Top Prisons Officers Retired Over “Seniority” Rule

Controller-General of Prisons-Ja'afaru AhmedThe Nigerian Prisons Service has retired two of its top officials from service.

The spokesperson for the prisons service, Francis Enobore, announced the retirements in a statement on Monday.

The statement listed the affected officers as Deputy Controller-General Aminu Suley and Assistant Controller-General Ali Bala Salami.

The retirement of Messrs. Suley and Salami was due to their seniority over the current Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, the statement added.

It reads: “Following the appointment of Ja’afaru Ahmed as the Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board ( CDFIPB), in an emergency meeting held on the 27th of June, 2016, approved the retirement of a Deputy Controller-General and an Assistant Controller-General of Prisons from the service.

“They are Aminu Suley, mni and Ali Bala Salami, mni respectively.

“The letter signed by the Secretary of the Board, Alh. A. A. Ibrahim dated 28th June, 2016 indicated that the decision was taken due to the officers’ seniority in service to the new Controller-General of Prisons and in consonance with military and paramilitary convention.

“While wishing them good luck in their future endeavours, the (CDFIPB) commended the officers for their contributions to the development of the Nigerian Prisons Service”.

It would be recalled that Ahmed was appointed Prisons boss by President Muhammadu Buhari after the retirement of Dr. Peter Ekpendu from service on May 17, 2016.