President Buhari extends tenure of Prisons boss


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an extension of the tenure of Nigeria Prisons Service chief.

Ja’afaru Ahmed’s  tenure as prisons chief was to end on July 21 but has now been extended by a year, an interior ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

Ten other senior officials of the paramilitary agencies under the interior ministry were also promoted.

Ja’afaru was recommended for the extension due to his track record of innovative reforms in the Prisons Service, and the need to consolidate and complete some of the on-going programmes, especially on human rights compliance, reformation and healthcare, agriculture and education programmes for the inmates.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, while congratulating the Controller General, urged him to ensure the consolidation of the on-going reforms in the Prisons Service, in line with the policy thrust of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to usher in the next-level of socio-economic development of Nigeria.

Ja’afaru, until his appointment as the Controller-General, headed a number of prison formations across the country.

He was the Deputy Controller General (covering duties) in the Directorate of Administration and Supply at the Prisons National Headquarters, Abuja.

President Buhari’s approval  to the ten other officers was due to their excellent performance during the written and oral examinations.

Georgina Ehuriah, MON, tasked the newly-promoted officials to improve security and service delivery, in line with the policies of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She congratulated the officers on their promotion and assured them of the support of the Ministry.

She however, implored them to reciprocate the gesture by giving the best of their service to ensure the consolidation of the reform policies of the present Administration.



Confidence Okwuchi