Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) has defended the manner the national publicity secretary, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh was treated when he appeared for his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja in Handcuffs on Tuesday, January 19.
According to the NPS, putting handcuffs was at the discretion of the prison officer, who supervised his court appearance.The spokesperson for the NPS, Francis Enobore, who gave the clarification in a phone conversation with the press dismissed allegations by the PDP that the service mistreated Metuh all in a bid to play out a script orchestrated by President Muhammadu Buhari. More after the cut….
He said: “Handcuffing an inmate is at the discretion of the officer in-charge, depending on the security situation, the environment and intelligence report available to the officer. Sometimes they look at the atmosphere and take the necessary decision. “If you suspect that the atmosphere, security-wise, may not be conducive to the inmates in your custody, you can use handcuffs; to avoid a situation where you have to start telling stories, you use your discretion to study the environment and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the inmates in your custody.“Remember that we not only try to secure the inmate from escaping, we equally provide protection for the inmate. The officer in-charge must ensure that the life of the inmate is not jeopardised. It is the officer in-charge of the escort that studies the security environment and takes the decision to use handcuffs.”
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, January 20 adjourned its ruling on an application filed by the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh. At the hearing today, the judge over the case, Okon Abang ruled that the respondents were still within time to file their reply briefs and therefore the matter was not ripe for hearing.
He adjourned the case to Monday, January 25.