Ogun Correctional Service inaugurates state parole board

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Board members and some officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ogun State Command

Nigeria Correctional Service, Ogun State Command on Tuesday inaugurated the members of the state parole board.

The members were inaugurated by the Controller of Corrections, Nigeria Correctional Service, Ogun State Command, Abdul Rasheed Alimi. The 12-member board included Alimi.

The Chairman of the board is Retired Justice Phillip Onamade, The Secretary is the Deputy Controller of Corrections, Isiakpona Ndidi.

Other members of the board are; Hon. Justice S.A Olugbemi(retd), Mr Bamidele Adebayo, Mr Alao Babatunde Ismail, DCC Ogunmoyede, Dr. Adegboyega Ogunwale, CSP Akinrinsoye Charles, Dr Ita Npang, CSO Forum on Detention/Corrections, and Director of Welfare/Social Development.

Inaugurating the board, Alimi said the Nigerian Correctional Service Act of 31st July, 2019 under section 37-44 establishes the Non-Custodial Service under we have the parole.

He described parole as one of the Non-Custodial instruments of decongesting the custodial facilities.

He said, “Parole is the release of an offender under sentence with conditions to be adhered to under supervision of a parole officer due to good conduct before the completion of sentence.”

He explained that the state board came on the heels of the inauguration of the National Parole Board by the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa on 25th August 2022.

Alimi urged the board to serve optimally.

Responding on behalf of other members of the board, the Chairman thanked the NCS for counting them worthy to be in the board.

He promised that the members shall put in their very best to perform the task ahead diligently within the ambit of their terms of reference and bearing in mind the provisions of Section 468 of the Administration of Justice Act 2015.

He added, “To fulfil the task ahead however,we need the assistance and cooperation of all stakeholders concerned with the further correction of those to be given another opportunity of correcting themselves.

Chairman of the board reading his speech

“These include the members of staff of the Correctional Service Centre who are expected to furnish us with full details that may be required on each candidate, their counsel who may be required to furnish us with court records or judgements on the relevant cases, members of their respective families who will be their immediate and close supervisors and who will be expected to provide support for immediate resettlement at home.”

He added that beneficiary of parole must have served one- third of his or sentence, and must have been of good behaviour.

Non-Custodial Service is responsible for the administration of Non-Custodial measures which includes: Community Service, Probation, Parole, Restorative justice measures and any other Non-Custodial measures assigned to the correctional service by a court of competent jurisdiction.

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