UPDATED: The Senate confirms the appointment of Nababa as Comptroller General of the NCS

The Senate confirmed on Wednesday that President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (withdrawn) has nominated Haliru Nababa as Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Confirmation of the candidates followed the consideration and adoption of the report of the Committee on Internal Affairs.

Presenting the report, the chairman of the Committee, Senator Kashim Shettima, said there was no petition or incriminating report against the candidate.

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He added that Nababa showed a high level of intelligence and seems to have had enough courage to perform the duty of Comptroller General.

Shettima noted that Nababa met the requirements of Section 3 (2) contained in the 2019 Nigerian Penitentiary Act.

According to him, the nominee, while appearing at the check before the Committee, found a lack of adequate stockpiles of weapons and ammunition to combat escapes from prisons in the country.

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He also said the lack of adequate funding; inadequate release exemptions; deltoids ton structure of Penitentiary Centers as some of the challenges facing the Nigerian Penitentiary Service.

The senator said Nababa further noted that prisoners awaiting trial must be given urgent attention to decongest the centers.

He added that “efforts will be made to acquire more space in co-operation with state governors and stakeholders”.