Kaduna Correctional Centre Rejects EFCC Convict for Fear of Covid-19

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Controller of Kaduna Correctional Centre, Sanusi Danmusa, has confirmed the rejection of a convict brought in by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), saying it is a directive from above to protect inmates from Coronavirus pandemic.

He stated this on Thursday while reacting to claims by Kaduna Zonal Office of the EFCC that one convict, Sadiq Mustapha, was brought to the Center for admission and was turned back.

The Controller said the Kaduna Correctional Center has stopped accepting new convicts and visitors in order to check the spread of the virus.

On the issue of isolation centre, Danmusa confirmed that there was such at the Correctional facility, but, only for inmates who might show any symptoms of Covid-19.

Responding to the rejection, the Zonal Head of EFCC in Kaduna State, Yakubu Mailafia,, was highly disappointed with the policy of Kaduna Correctional Center.

He lamented that there must be an isolation center in all the Correctional Centers across the country to quarantine convicts or inmates when the need arises.

“EFCC has limitation of detaining inmates and Correctional Centers are the last bus stop of convicts. If they are rejected, where can we take them to?” he queried.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency secured a seven years prison term of Sadiq Mustapha without option of fine, before Justice Mallong Peter of the Federal High Court, Kaduna for obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N6,100, 000 (Six Million One Hundred Thousand) and operating illegal Bureau de Change.

Mustapha was presented to the Kaduna Correctional Center but was rejected by it, and this did not go down well with the EFCC.

The convict is presently in the custody of Kaduna Zonal Office of EFCC.

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