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Prison officer commits suicide after he was repeatedly denied merited promotion

Prison officer commits suicide after he was repeatedly denied merited promotion

 

A prison officer who endured being denied merited promotion on three occasions has committed suicide in protest.

The officer, Alfred Bassa, 23, a staff of the Nigerian Correctional Service, formally known as Nigeria Prison Service, reportedly drank a poisonous substance on October 2, 2020 and died. He has been laid to rest.

Bassa was said to have drank the lethal drink, shortly after arriving at work at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The deceased, a microbiology graduate, reportedly wrote promotional examinations three times, all of which he passed but suffered denial from correctional authorities three times.

He took the traguc decision to end his life when he saw new set of officers being promoted last week and he was left out again.

Mr. Bassa was billed to get married to his long-time heartthrob on November 19, 2020, before he took his life.

“He has watched as his contemporaries were being selectively promoted, including some who did not even pass promotional examinations,” a senior official was quoted as saying.

“He should have been, at least, promoted to assistant superintendent of prison II barring the injustice,” his colleague said. Bassa was laid to rest on October 3.

Mr. Bassa’s family, from Nasarawa State, have vowed to file charges to enforce his posthumous promotion.

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