Operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) will now team up to provide security in custodial centres across the FCT.
A statement on Thursday by Chukwuedo Humphrey, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), FCT Command, said the Controller of Corrections of the Command, Ahmed Musa, had secured the collaboration of heads of the two security agencies.
This move follows the directive given by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, for the use of maximum force in the protection of the custodial centres after a spate of attacks across the country.
The NCoS boss pointed out that while attacks on any government infrastructure is an aberration, it would be a great misnomer if the attacks get close to the custodial centres in the FCT, hence the need for the improvement of the joint security team guarding the custodial centres in Abuja.
“The heads of the security agencies all unanimously agreed to pool their best team of personnel to the different custodial centres to ensure that the security of the centres are not jeopardised.
“They jointly called on the residents of FCT to go about their lawful businesses without fear and to report anyone found perpetuating any acts that could be inimical to the peace of the community to the nearest security agency,” the statement added.