Ikoyi Prisons: CG Denies Plot to Arrest Soyombo, Sets up Probe Panel on Allegations

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Following the undercover investigation conducted in Ikoyi Prisons by Investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, the Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, has set up a panel to probe the allegations against the Centre.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ahmed said those found guilty of the allegations in the report would be punished.

According to the statement, the CG ordered the constitution of the panel on Tuesday to ascertain the authenticity of the report with the aim of bringing all culprits to book.

Ahmed expressed the readiness of the Service to work with the public and relevant stakeholders in the justice system to “actualize the policy objectives of transforming the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) into a modern reformatory institution that operates in line with best international practices.”

He dismissed the report that there are plans to arrest or harass Soyombo over his investigation, saying that “Investigative journalists are partners, who seek the development of the nation, and called for more of such findings aimed at reforming the institution for better service delivery.”

He called for more constructive engagement with the media and the general public with a view to strengthening the implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019,”

Soyombo who spent eight days at the Ikoyi Prisons as an inmate to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system documented his experience on “drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations” at the facility.