The Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) attached to the Kano Central Prison, has intercepted a female visitor, Rifkatu Anthony, for attempting to smuggle in 39 wraps of Indian Hemp into the prison.
A statement by DSP Musbahu Lawan, PRO NPS Kano Command, on Sunday, said the suspect from Badawa Quarters in Kano Metropolis, concealed the hard drug in harmless packs with the intention to deliver them to inmates in the prison.
Upon interrogation, Miss Rifkatu Anthony feigned ignorance of the Illicit substance in her possession, claiming that the items were given to her by one ThankGod for delivery to the prison inmates.
Controller of Prisons Kano, Magaji A Abdullah, in his reaction, commended officers and men of the Command for their untiring efforts in ridding the Service of the menace of trafficking.
The statement recalled that recently, the Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed approved the dismissal of some Prisons personnel for aiding trafficking (smuggling) illicit drugs into the prison yard for prisoners.
“The action of the Controller General was part of a concerted effort by the administration to continue to maintain discipline and ensure that inmates in Prison custody were only handled by those with the required rectitude to do so.
“There is no gainsaying that exposing inmates to the use of hard drugs is an anathema to the reformation goal of the Prisons Service as it does not only precipitate health complications but also constitutes security risk to innocent lives in and around the prison,” it added.