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How is the Controller-General of Nigerian Correctional Service Appointed?

How is the Controller-General of Nigerian Correctional Service Appointed? Daily Law Tips (Tip 633) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

There are no prisons in Nigeria! Yes, prisons in Nigeria are now Correctional Centers, following a statutory change of name in mid 2019. The former Nigerian Prisons Service is now the Nigerian Correctional Service, headed by a Controller-General. Following the enactment of a new federal law in 2019 (ie, Nigerian Correctional Service Act 2019), laudable changes were ushered into the Nigerian Correctional Service; they include the introduction of non-custodial services/measures and a self-purging mechanism that allows Correctional Centers to reject prospective inmates when full to capacity (out of space). 

The Controller- General of Nigerian Correctional Service is the man/woman that must superintend over all correctional services, both custodial and non custodial. He/She must prepare yearly plans for custodial and non custodial services as well as deploy officers. And, also create platform for interfacing with criminal justice institutions, while He/She performs duties and exercise powers vested by Administration of Criminal Justice Act. 

The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria has powers to appoint the Controller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) upon the recommendation of the Board and subject to the confirmation by the Senate. An appointee must be one out of the serving Assistant Controller-Generals of the Nigerian Correctional Service, who have attended and performed satisfactorily on mandatory courses and field command positions, with vast experience in correctional management and service as well as good leadership and track record in the NCS.  


  1. Sections 1, 3, 46 and 47 of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.










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