The newly appointed Comptroller-General (CG) of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Mr. Ja’afaru Ahmed, is allegedly involved in age falsification.
According to reports received by SaharaReporters, certain Nigerian Prisons Service documents in their possession reveal that Mr. Ahmed had falsified his age in order gain undue advantage.
He joined the service on 30 November 1985, at the age of 28 and was posted to the administrative unit at the NPS headquarters.
The said documents gave Mr. Ahmed’s date of birth when he joined the service on July 21, 1957.
The date of birth remained consistent until 2015 when Mr. Ahmed allegedly reduced two years off his age to a new date of birth, being July 21, 1959.
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The alleged NPS documents listing members of the top echelon of the service in 2015 boldly showed Mr. Ahmed, an indigene of Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State, as the sixth highest placed officer.
The documents, however, showed a different date of birth from that which he claimed at the time he enlisted in the service.
The report also revealed that the alleged age falsification was encouraged by retired General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau, the Minister of the Interior.
The report alleged that the Minister intended Mr. Ahmed to become the CG of the NPS and spend some time on the post before he retires.
The implication of the falsification is that Mr. Ahmed has fraudulently gained two extra years in service.
Recently, the NPS had suspended several officers following an attempted jail break at the Kuje prisons in Abuja.