THE Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State Command, Olatoye Durosinmi, has ordered the deployment of more security personnel in all correctional centres across the state.
The directive follows recent attacks on correctional centres nationwide.
A statement released on Tuesday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, said the police commissioner ordered the security beef-up after undertaking a two-day tour of facilities of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Akwa Ibom State.
The statement was titled, ‘CP Olatoye Durosinmi assessed and rejiggered security at all correctional facilities in Akwa Ibom’.
Macdon described the move as a proactive secuty measure aimed at preventing “untoward incidents” in the state.
“The CP warned officers in each of the facilities to be vigilant and courageous in the discharge of their duties and urged them to report any suspicious movement to security agencies.
“As a proactive security measure to prevent any untoward incident, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Olatoye Durosinmi, has toured all correctional facilities within the State at Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Ikot Abasi.
“As a preventive measure, the CP ordered for the immediate deployment of more police personnel to boost the security situation in each of the facilities and warned the officers to be vigilant and courageous,” the statement said.
The Command appealed to law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties and urged them to report criminal and suspicious elements to security agencies on time.
About 879 inmates, including 69 suspected terrorists, escaped from the Kuje prison when the facility was attacked last week.