“We have a duty to keep in custody those committed by the courts. We have a duty to look after these inmates with humanity, while trying to ensure that they are law-abiding and responsible citizens during and after their prison terms,” the new controller told officers and men of the command on Friday.
He enjoined the officials not to see inmates as outcasts but people in need of help for rehabilitation and reintegration into society. “It’s our responsibility to equip the inmates with what they need to lead a useful life.”
Mr. Kehinde took over from Mr. Kunle Babalola who moved to the NPS headquarters, Abuja as Assistant Controller-General of Prisons.
A 1982 Town Planning graduate from University of Paris, France, Mr. Kehinde joined the prisons service in 1984 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Prisons.
Before now, the Controller had been Officer-in-charge at Oko Prison, Benin City; and Ikoyi Prison, Lagos. He was on United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, between 2011 and 2013.