By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Contrary to reports that the wife of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has been infected by the deadly CoronaVirus, prison authorities have debunked such claims.
This was contained in a statement signed by the PRO, Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna State Command, ASCI AD Wadai, made available on Friday January 22, 2021.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) has been drawn to a news item being circulated by some mischief makers alleging that an inmate in one of the custodial centres in the state has contracted COVID-19.
“There is no no report of such in any of our facilities as all our inmates are safe and highly protected from the virus,” the statement said.
It recalled that the pandemic was officially reported in Nigeria on 27 February, 2020, Kaduna State Command of the Service, in March 2020 lockdown all the Custodial Centers and put admission of new inmates on hold as centrally instructed.
“Arrangements were immediately made to install gadgets to facilitate compliance with the virus protocols including construction of isolation centers in desinated areas for exceptional cases.
“Admission of new inmates was only was only lifted in June 2020 when all necessary measures to prevent the disease from entering Custodial Centers had been put in place. A visit to any of our facilities will confirm the strict compliance to the preventive measures,” it informed.
The statement further said that the Controller of Corrections in charge of the State Command appreciate members of the public for their understanding and support in ensuring that the virus does not spread to our facilities.
“He assures that the Command will continue to maintain absolute adherence to safety measures in order to safeguard the inmates and staff including visitors to our facilities,” it concluded.