Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed is a distinguished abusite who is the current Controller General, Nigeria Correctional Service (formerly Nigerian prison service)
Ja’afaru Ahmed was born on the 21st of July, 1959 at Birnin Kebbi, Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
He had his primary education from 1965 to 1972 at Nasarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi after which he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Birnin Kebbi where he had his secondary education from 1972 to 1976.
For his tertiary education, Alhaji Ja’afaru was admitted into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied history. He graduated in 1984 bagging his B.A (Hons) in History.
Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed began his working career with the Sokoto state Government in October, 1985 when he was appointed Master II with the Sokoto Ministry of Education.
Prior to transferring his service to the Nigerian Prisons Service in 1989, he held such offices as the Principal Education Officer (Student) in charge of Secondary School in Sokoto, Assistant Lecturer at State College of Arts and Science, Sokoto, and Lecturer II at the same school.
He joined the Nigerian Prisons Service in November, 1989 as a Superintendent of Prisons and subsequently rose through the ranks in this order: Chief Superintendent of Prisons (CSP) in 1993; Assistant Controller of Prisons (ACP) in 1996; Deputy Controller of Prisons (DCP) in 1999; Controller of Prisons (CP) in 2003 and Assistant Controller General of Prisons in 2008.
In the course of his career in the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr Ja’afaru has held various positions. These include: Officer in charge, Birnin Kebbi Old Prison; Officer in charge Kano Central Prison; Controller of Prisons (Admin); Controller of Prisons, Sokoto State Command.
He was also Controller of Prisons, Kebbi State Command; Assistant Controller General of Prisons (Admin) at the National Headquarters; Zonal Coordinator, Zone A Headquarters, Lagos and Deputy Controller General of Prisons (Admin) Covering Duty, National Headquarters, Abuja.
Mr Ja’afaru attended several courses in the course of his career, some of which are: Senior Officers Basic Course at the Prisons Staff College Kaduna, Counter-Revolutionary Warfare (CRW) at the Command and Staff College, Jaji; First Command Course and Advanced Command Course, both at the Prisons Staff College Kaduna and has visited a number of countries across the world.
Mr. Ahmed Ja’afaru was appointed Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) in May 2016. And based on his sound record, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a tenure extension for him, by one year with effect from July 21, 2019.
Successes of Ja’afaru Ahmed as CG
When Ja’afaru Ahmed was appointed as the Comptroller General of Prisons (CGP) in 2016, he knew exactly the task ahead and didn’t waste any time getting to work. He summoned a meeting of all top Prison controllers to quickly look at the spate of incessant jailbreaks all over the country and how to put an end to it.
With the frank inputs of the controllers, stakeholders, and proactive steps, jailbreaks that bedeviled prisons all over the nation have become a thing of the past. This remains a landmark achievement of his administration to date.
Not only has he upturned the fortunes of the Nigerian Prisons, CGP Ahmed has expelled the myth that the service is impregnable.
Ja’afaru Ahmed has also introduced a lot of innovative reforms in the Prisons Service and has a lot of other on-going programs, especially in areas of human rights compliance, reformation, health care, agricultural and educational programs for inmates.
In the area of infrastructure in the Prisons Service. Prior to his administration, projects suffered abandonment and many important plans for a facelift or renovation ended just at the implementation level. None saw the light of day. But all that changed.