President Jonathan Appoints Ekpendu as New CG of Prisons

The President, Commander in Chief of Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,GCFR, has approved the appointment of a new Controller General of Prisons.

He is Dr Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu,mni

The new Controller General of Prisons hails from Ibeku Okwuato in Mbaise Local Government area of Imo state.

He had his Primary school Education at St Patrick’s school Ibeku, Okwuato in Aboh Mbaise LGA, while his Secondary School education was at Mbaise Secondary School ,Aboh Mbaise, He had his Teachers’ Training College Education at Azaraegbelu Teachers’ Training College Emekuku, Owerri.

His tertiary Education was at University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained his Bsc(Hons) in 1981,MED in 1984 and PHD in 1988. Dr. Ekpendu also attended the Prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies(NIPSS) Kuru Jos in 2007.

Before his present appointment as the Controller General, he held various positions in the prisons.

He was Deputy Commandant Prisons Training, College,Lagos-1991-1994; Officer-in-Charge of Umuahia-1995-1996; Officer in charge of Owerri Prisons-1997-1998 and Deputy Controller of Prisons Training, Prisons Headquarters 1999.

He was also Controller of Prisons Pension, Prisons Headquarters- 2000; Controller of Prisons of Enugu State 2001-2003, Imo State 2003-2005 and Delta State 2006.

He was promoted Assistant Controller General of Prisons (Operations) 2008 and was deployed as Zonal Coordinator Zone D, Minna- 2009-2010 and he became Deputy Controller General (ITP) in 2011.

Before his new appointment as the Controller General, he was Deputy Controller General (Administration) since 2012.
Meanwhile, the new Controller General has approved the appointment of Mr. Enobore Francis as the new spokesperson of the service.

He replaced Mr. Ope Fatinukun who has been transferred to Ilesha Prison in Osun State as Officer-in-charge.

Mr. Francis enlisted into the Nigerian Prisons Service in December 1991. He had served at Oko Prison, Edo State before he was transferred to the Headquarters of the Prison Service where he worked in various directorates.

He joined the Public Relations Division of the service Unit in 2007 and was appointed Cordinator/Script Writer of the weekly TV programme “Behind the Walls” in 2009.

Before his recent appointment, he was the Officer-in-Charge of Kafanchan Prison, Kaduna State.

Francis holds a Master degree in Crime Management and Prevention and is a member of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations.

His hobbies include reading, lawn tennis and swimming.

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