The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has rolled its achievement in the area of de-radicalising prison inmates. NPS affirms that at least 157 prison inmates across the country have gotten formal education.
This was revealed by Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed, Controller-General of the service, at the De-radicalisation workshop organised for senior officers of the service on Monday in Abuja.
He informed the senior officers that majority of the inmates, who sat for the Western African Examination Council (WAEC) examination passed with impressive grades.
Ahmed was represented by Mrs Husseina Kori, Deputy Controller-General in charge of Health and Social welfare at the service.
Ahmed also informed the audience three of the inmates that wrote WAEC are currently undertaking admission process at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the de-radicalisation programme was sponsored by the European Union (EU).
Ahmed also told them those who got formal education were mostly extremists and it took hard work to change their way of thinking.
“It is commonplace to say that violent extremism poses serious threat to social cohesion and economic development of a nation.
“This programme, which started a few years ago, has successfully navigated the teething challenges usually associated with novel projects particularly when it involves rehabilitating extreme deviants, ‘he said.
Ahmed said that the service had assumed the tedious task of leading the de-radicalisation programme considering its mandate of Reforming, Rehabilitating and Reintegrating deviants into the society.
Ahmed disclosed that the desire of the Federal Government to protect lives and property has led to implementation of various strategies to stop the scourge.
“Although the crisis is not over, it is gladdening to see steady progress, especially in de-radicalising violent extremists.”
Ahmed emphasized the commitment of the Service to ensuring the de-radicalisation of prison inmates and promised to repay the faith the federal government showed in the Service.