COVID-19: Drama as Kaduna correctional centre rejects EFCC convict

The convict, Sadiq Mustapha at the court on Thursday.

The Controller of Kaduna State Correctional Centre, Sanusi Danmusa has confirmed that the center has rejected a convict brought in by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a directive from the headquarters to protect inmates from Coronavirus pandemic.

Sanusi Danmusa stated this while reacting to claims by Kaduna Zonal Office of the EFCC that one convict, Sadiq Mustapha was brought to the centre for admission and was turned back.

He explained that the centre has stopped accepting new convicts and visitors in order to check the spread of the virus.

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Speaking on the issue isolation centre, the Controller said there is a centre but only for inmates who might show any symptoms of COVID-19.

Also speaking on the rejection, the Zonal Head of EFCC in Kaduna State, Yakubu Mailafia expressed disappointed with the policy of Kaduna Correctional Center.

Yakubu Mailafia decried that there must be an isolation centre in all the correctional centres across the country to quarantine convicts or inmates when the need arises.

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He  lamented “EFCC has limitation of detaining inmates and correctional centres are the last bus stop of convicts. If they are rejected, where can we take them to?’’

EFCC had secured a seven years prison term of  Sadiq Mustapha without an 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.

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

The convict is presently at Kaduna Zonal Office of EFCC facility.