The Nigerian Correctional Service has concluded arrangements to hold its annual inter-cell sports competition for inmates at the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
The Controller of Corrections, Cross River State command, Mr. Imaikop Ndaekong, said this at a chat with newsmen in Calabar capital city.
According to Ndaekong, “the inter-cell sports competition was introduced right from the inception of this command to keep the inmates healthy and happy during the yuletide season. We have been conducting these competitions annually and have ensured the inmates actively participate in various events to improve their wellbeing.”
“The Nigerian Correctional Service Cross River Command received with dismay the news report on social media and Channels Television on Monday, November 11, 2019, that the competition is designed and organised in honour of the awaiting trial person, Agba Jalingo in Calabar Custodial Centre…I want to state that the command would not organiose an age old event in the name of any inmate,” the Controller stated.
Ndaekong described the report as misleading since the Calabar Custodial inter-cell competition was held during Christmas to enable inmates cope with the absence of families, friends and appreciate the importance of social harmony.
He further stated,“the report is not true, but misleading as the said event is an annual programme aimed at giving inmates of the centre a sense of belonging and joy during festive periods. The inmate in question has since denied knowledge of such unwarranted news story.”
Ndaekong used the occasion to advise the public to disregard the said report as the competition is not to honour Agba Jalingo or any other inmates in the facility, saying “this annual competition has never been opened for sponsorship. I assure the public that the security and social welfare of our inmates remain our priority and concern.”
In the same vein, the Deputy Controller of Corrections, Adewale Emuchay said ”the inmate is treated well. There has been no trouble with him nor with other inmates. We take utmost care of all inmates at the facility.”
Adewale Emuchay who is also in charge of the Calabar Medium Custodial Centre added.