By Oladipupo Mojeed
The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Plateau State Command, has dismissed allegations that food meant for prison inmates was being diverted by officers and men of the command.
Some groups recently alleged that food meant for inmates was being diverted to personal use by prison workers, claiming that such diversion was affecting the quality and quantity of food shared to the prisoners.
Controller of the Command Noel Ailewon, who described the allegations as malicious, said the allegations were meant to tarnish the image of the Command.
“I do not know whether it used to happen before, but certainly not now, because we have put measures in place to ensure that nothing like that happens.
“We have involved inmates’ representatives in the assessing, weighing and sharing of food.
“The inmates’ representatives are deeply involved in the whole feeding processes; they check quantity and quality and reports their observations on daily business,” he said.
The Plateau prison boss added that its officers were corrective officers trained to ensure that the welfare of prisoners was never compromised.
The Controller cautioned members of the public against destructive rumours that could paint prison workers in bad light in the eyes of prisoners and members of the public.