By: Onifade Bello A.
Engineers of the Nigerian Army have built a two hundred capacity modern detention centre in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The facility, which is sited at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, has two wings with each comprising of two centres. The centres are equipped with heat and odour extractors with toilets and borehole for steady water supply to the inmates.
The modern detention centre was inaugurated by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas.
According to the Theatre Commander, the need to build the centre was borne out of concerns by the Chief of Army Staff and some of them “to upgrade the standard to international best standard.”
The building of the modern detention centre, however, is coming after repeated criticisms of the Nigerian Army for allegations of keeping suspects in poor detention facilities and treating them badly.
The modern detention centre will house suspected Boko Haram insurgents who have been profiled either for reintegration into the society or prosecution. The suspects are expected to be moved from where they are being held to the new facility.
Major General Rogers urged insurgents still fighting to embrace the Safe Corridor window of reconciliation and surrender.