The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service Ja’afaru Ahmed has denied plans to arrest undercover journalist Fisayo Soyombo.
Fisayo spent eight days as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.
In his report, he detailed his experiences on “drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations” at the facility.
There have been reports (unconfirmed) that the journalist is set to be arrested by the government agency.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, the agency formerly called the Nigerian Prisons Service said it does not have plans to do that, assuring that those found guilty of the allegations would be sanctioned.
“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,” the statement said.
“He, therefore, 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.”
Similarly, the agency noted that those found guilty in the report will be prosecuted according to the laws of the country.
“The attention of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been drawn to allegations of drug abuse, sodomy, bribery, pimping and cash and carry operations in Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Lagos,” the statement said.
“In view of the gravity of the allegations, the Controller General, Ja’afaru Ahmed has set up a high powered panel to immediately commence full investigations into the matter in order to establish the authenticity of the report, identify and bring the culprits to book if found guilty of the allegations.
“The CG, who gave the directive in his office in Abuja today stated that the Service is willing to work with the general public as well as relevant stakeholders in the justice sector 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.”