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

‘Our Employees Who Dedicated Suicide Had Psychological Sickness’

'Our Staff Who Committed Suicide Had Mental Illness'




The Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS has reacted to the dying of its officer, ASC Alfred Bassa.


Recall that the person had reportedly dedicated suicide after being denied promotion despite the fact that he handed examinations on three events.


Reacting, the Assistant Superintendent of Corrections ASC Alfred Bassa who was connected to the New Medium Safety Custodial Centre in Keffi, Nasarawa state had reportedly killed himself by consuming an insecticide, Sniper, on October 2.


Nevertheless, Public Relations Officer of the NCoS Nasarawa state Command, Stephen A. Abene, mentioned the deceased was employed on August 1, 2016, and couldn’t have been eligible for 3 promotion examinations because the train is performed each three years.


Whereas commiserating with the household of the deceased, the service mentioned ASC Bassa suffered from a protracted sickness which culminated in a psychiatric problem earlier than the unlucky incident.


He mentioned; “I want to announce the demise of ASC Alfred G. Bassa, who till his dying was serving at MSCC Keffi New. His dying is unhappy and unlucky. Could God relaxation him.

“He was employed on August 1, 2016. Accordingly, he has spent four years of Service and was simply due for his first development in service which is already being processed. Promotion exams within the Correctional Service are due each three years. How then has he carried out three promotional exams, to not discuss of failing, inside four years of service?

“From our findings, ASC Alfred G. Bassa died on account of a protracted sickness that led to a psychiatric downside. Opposite to insinuation trending on social media and different platforms that the deceased handed away on account of lacking promotion. I want to state that such data needs to be disregarded, please”.


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Additionally, when contacted, Service Public Relations Officer on the headquarters of the NCoS in Abuja, DCC Augustine Njoku informed Vanguard that the officer was not denied any of his entitlements.


He mentioned; “The officer had a psychiatric problem. He was recruited in 2016 and was not certified for any promotion examination and has by no means attended any promotion examination. Fairly, he was being nominated for what we name upgrading, after which after two years, he would write the Mixed Affirmation and Promotion Examination COMPRO and after they move, the Service raises them to 2 stars and he has been really useful for that however their very own has not been launched.

No human being would take his life due to promotion. A few of my very own mates are nonetheless superintendents. It’s not computerized that everyone have to be promoted on the identical time as a result of there are situations to be met”.


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