Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has expressed concern about the evacuation of soldiers from Nigeria Correctional Service facilities around the state.
The personnel of the Nigerian Army’s 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, had been withdrawn from the states’ centers, according to a statement released by Akeredolu on Wednesday through Mr Richard Olatunde, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary.
According to the statement, the governor was briefed on the situation by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Oyediran Oyeyemi, and expressed concern that the soldiers’ removal may encourage jailbreaks.
The statement read in part, “Last night, Governor Akeredolu received reports from the Commissioner of Police in the state that soldiers attached to the correctional centres in the state had all been withdrawn.
“This development came as a surprise, considering the fact that both the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Correctional Service belong to the Federal Government.
“The governor was more bothered about the overflow effect of the soldiers’ withdrawal on the security situation in the state. More so that such action could easily encourage jailbreaks across the state.
“It is, however, pertinent to alert members of the public and the Federal Government to this unwholesome situation. Findings into the remote cause of this action have only revealed that it was an ‘order from above’ without corresponding details.
“The situation notwithstanding, proactive efforts have been made to secure these centres so as not to allow premeditated jailbreaks as whoever gave the order to withdraw those soldiers was in the process of encouraging such.”