By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta

Men of the Special Intelligence Squad of the Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Prisons have arrested a 22-year-old suspected drug peddler, Matthew Olusi, for attempting to smuggle wraps of substance suspected to be Indian hemp into Old Abeokuta prison, Ibara, Ogun State.

The suspect reportedly hid the substance wrapped in polythene nylon and kept in his pant and cloth to beat the security at the main gate of the prison yard.

The State Command Comptroller of Prison, Abolade Benson who confirmed the incident, said the suspect was arrested on Monday at the gate prison with the substance concealed in his cloth and pant.

Benson said, the suspect was arrested following a tip off before he could comprise the security in of the prison.

He added that the suspect on interrogation confessed that he wanted to smuggle drugs into the Prisons for in inmate friends, disclosing that the suspect had been handed over to the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency  (NDLEA) for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.

Benson said the prohibited substance if successfully smuggled into the Prison  would not only constitute the staff but also the prisoners, adding that they remain inimical to discipline, reformation and rehabilitation strategy of the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS).

He appealed to the general public to identify with the commitment of the NPS in eradicating drug abuse and other vices in and around prison formations in the State.

His words, “Friends and visitors to Prison facilities where prisoners are kept should therefore desist from smuggling prohibited items capable of compromising security into the prison yard as the authority will not hesitate to take decisive action against violators.

“The Special Intelligence Unit formed by the present Comptroller General of Prisons, Jaafaru Ahmed are leaving up to their billing  and the Comptroller of Prisons is determined to leave no stone unturned in achieving the core mandate of NPS which are safe custody, reformation and rehabilitation of the inmates”, he said.

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