By Victoria Onehi
The Nigerian Correctional Service,(NIS) has refuted a report in sections of the media alleging that the Command substitutes cat meat for beef in its custodial centres.
The Assistant Controller of Corrections and the Public Relations Officer,.Umar Abubakar FCAI in a Rejoinder on Saturday disclosed that the report is not only malicious but untrue and most unfortunate.
The statement reads in parts:
“For the avoidance of doubt, inmates’ ration is awarded to certified vendors who supply raw food stuff to designated custodial centres.
“A ration committee constituted by the Controller-General comprising the officer in-charge of the centre, a medical officer, welfare officer, ration clerk, chief warder, and other relevant professionals confirm the wholesomeness before recommendation for payment.
“The actual cooking is done by the inmates themselves under the supervision of professional caterers, and it is mandatory for designated officers to have a taste of the food before serving to the inmates. All these processes are documented for official references and, in a nutshell, show the seriousness attached to inmate feeding by the management of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
“Besides, it is immoral and insensitive to insinuate that cat, a pet, which many detest as food, will be officially served to a people!
“Nigerian Correctional Service, therefore, wishes to advise the public to disregard the unfounded information as it remains a figment of the author’s imagination.
“The welfare of inmates remains sacrosanct and the goal of reformation towards safe reunion with the society, unwavering.”