The Federal Government has restated its shoot on sight order to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) against intruders and invaders at the centres following threats of attack on the facilities nationwide.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, gave the directive at the unveiling of the new service logo and uniforms on Monday in Abuja.
Aregbesola also inaugurated a new staff quarters, ICT infrastructure and operational vehicles at the service headquarters.
Aregbesola lamented that the goal of the administration of criminal justice would have been defeated and money spent on arrests, investigations, trials and prosecution wasted if inmates were allowed to escape.
He said ” government said those who attack custodial centres must never live to tell their stories”.
The minister warned against posting of lily-livered personnel to custodial facilities, saying only sharp shooters who were trained to aim at the heads of criminals should be deployed to such centres.