Kano correctional service denies detaining 14-year-old in facility

The Nigerian Correctional Service, Kano Command has described as malicious and false, a report that a minor is presently in custody at the Kurmawa Correctional Facility.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Command, Superintendent Musbahu Lawan Knass, said, the command has no Juvenile offender in any of its Custodial Centers.

He said the inmate presented in the misleading report has been confirmed to be presently 19 years and 2 months old.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Command categorically States that it has no Juvenile offender in any of its Custodial Centers which are exclusively designated to keep inmates aged 18 years and above.

“He was remanded in the said Custodial Center for the offence of Armed Robbery by Chief Magistrate Court (CMC) Gyade-Gyade Kano on 26/January 2023, when he was 18 years and 6 months old.”

”The Command wishes to inform the public that in no circumstances does it admit minors into its facilities as such classes of offenders are usually referred to either the Bostal Training Institute or Remand Home in Goron Dutse located in Kano.

It is our duty always to Reform, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate offenders back into Society by rebranding their lives to become productive and responsible citizens upon release.”

It is obvious that the said report is a tactic coined to evade and disrupt the course of Justice, he added.

The command called on newsmen to verify and confirm reports before going to press, adding that the Command’s Public Relations Officer is always available and should be contacted for confirmation of reports to avoid misleading the public, especially on sensitive issues that pertain to national security.

“We are therefore calling on the general public to support the Command as we work towards protecting them and making the society safer.

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