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

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

Sunusi Danmusa said the center has stopped accepting new convicts and visitors in order to check the spread of the virus.

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

Responding to the rejection, the Zonal Head of EFCC in Kaduna State, Yakubu Mailafia was highly disappointed with the policy of Kaduna Correctional Center.

He lamented that there must be an isolation center in all the correctional centers across the country to quarantine convicts or inmates when the need arises.

“EFCC has limitation of detaining inmates and correctional centers are the last bus stop of convicts. If they are rejected, where can we take them to?” he queried.

It would be recalled that the anti graft agency secured a seven years prison term of Sadiq Mustapha without 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 center, this did not go down well with the EFCC.

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

Lola Seriki Idahosa /News

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