The Kaduna Correctional Centre on Thursday refused to take into custody a convict brought by the state zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The state Controller of the Kaduna Correctional facility, Sanusi Danmusa, said the rejection was based on a directive from above that centre should protect inmates from the coronavirus pandemic.
The controller made the clarification while reacting to claims by the Kaduna office of the EFCC over the rejection of a convict, Sadiq Mustapha.
Mustapha, a Bureau de Change operator, recently bagged seven years’ imprisonment without option of fine.
The convict was brought to the centre, but was turned back by the prison officials.
According to the prison chief, the centre stopped accepting convicts and visitors as a way of curtailing the spread of the coronavirus.
However, while responding to the rejection, the Kaduna Zonal Head of the EFCC, Yakubu Mailafia, expressed disappointment at the policy of the Kaduna Correctional Centre.
Mailafiya noted that there must be an isolation centre in all the correctional centres across the country to quarantine convicts or inmates when the need arose.
“The EFCC has limitation of detaining inmates and correctional centres are the last bus stops of convicts. If they are rejected, where can we take them to?” he said.