In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, October, 2020

Heartbreaking! Jail Official Commits Suicide After Passing Three Exams With out Promotion (Photograph)

Heartbreaking! Prison Official Commits Suicide After Passing Three Exams Without Promotion (Photo)


Alfred Bassa


An officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service has reportedly dedicated suicide after being denied promotion for 3 consecutive occasions.



Alfred Bassa, an assistant superintendent of prisons, wrote promotional examinations thrice, handed thrice and suffered denial from correctional authorities thrice, the Gazette learnt from three sources, together with a senior colleague, educated concerning the incident.

“He determined to finish the nightmare by taking his personal life,” one among his senior colleagues advised the Gazette beneath anonymity for concern of any reprimand as a result of he was not an authorised correctional spokesperson.


Mr. Bassa, 28, introduced a Sniper bottle with him when he arrived at work on the Medium Safety Custodial Centre, Keffi, ingesting the deadly pesticide in his uniform, sources stated.


Colleagues stated Mr. Bassa didn’t seem to undergo from any psychological well being crises earlier than the incident. Sniper has been banned in Nigeria due to its frequent use for suicide, however the product has remained in circulation. Suicide prevention centres are uncommon within the nation, and the one reachable one in Lagos has lower its response hours because of the pandemic.


The tragedy on October 2 despatched your entire facility into panic, and jail authorities in Abuja swiftly moved in to hush it, sources stated.


His demise got here because the correctional service was selling officers to new ranks. The approvals have been communicated final week to affected officers, which didn’t embrace Mr. Bassa, an official stated.


Mr. Bassa was scheduled to get married to his long-time sweetheart on November 19, 2020, when the humiliation of being denied promotion for the third time grew to become an excessive amount of for him to soak up.

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“He has watched as his contemporaries have been being selectively promoted, together with some who didn’t even cross promotional examinations,” an official stated. He ought to have been at the very least promoted to assistant superintendent of jail II bar the injustice, his colleague stated.


Mr. Bassa’s colleagues stated they grew to become demoralised after the incident and commenced mulling over their future on the correctional workplace.


The correctional authorities have didn’t pursue a closure on the tragedy, scrambling as an alternative to hush it up, officers stated.


Ja’afaru Ahmed, comptroller-general of corrections didn’t return a request searching for feedback. A spokesperson for the correctional workplace was unavailable for feedback Tuesday night.


The Gazette learnt that the matter was escalated to inside minister Rauf Aregbesola, who didn’t take motion.

“He didn’t present any care concerning the younger man that died when he was knowledgeable about it,” an official stated. “Neither did he even hassle to say he would launch an investigation into the injustice of selective promotion.”


The Nigerian Correctional Service and its sister inside businesses have lengthy confronted allegations of injustice and gross misuse of energy close to personnel promotion and different profession development insurance policies.


In 2018, an Abuja resident sued the correctional service after being suspended from work for protesting selective promotion. The Immigration Service has confronted related allegations over time.


The a number of circumstances throughout the businesses strongly counsel a perverse tradition of injustice on the providers.

“They solely promote primarily based on ethnicity, religion and your monetary standing,” an official stated. “It’s unspeakable the extent of fraud and injustice that comes with promotions within the service.”


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Federal authorities have at all times denied allegations of corruption in promotion, saying they normally come from lazy officers who typically search to rise by way of the ranks with out really placing within the efforts required.


Mr. Bassa’s household, from Nasarawa State, stated they might file fees to implement his posthumous promotion.


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