Prison Officer Commits Suicide after being Allegedly Denied of Merited Promotion Several Times


A prison officer known as Alfred Bassa has been said to have committed suicide after he was allegedly denied of a merited promotion three times.

The 28-year old man who is a staff of the Nigerian Correctional Service reportedly drank a poisonous substance on Friday, October 2, shortly after arriving at work that day at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State

Bassa, who is a microbiology graduate was said to have written the promotion examinations three time, passed three times and suffered denial from correctional authorities three times.

When he found out that new set of officers have been promoted last week and his name was not included again, he took the extreme step of taking his own life.

“He has watched as his contemporaries were being selectively promoted, including some who did not even pass promotional examinations,” a senior official said.

“He should have been at least promoted to assistant superintendent of prison II bar the injustice,” his colleague said.

His friends took to Facebook to mourn him

Ubimago Ifeanyi Oboni John, a neighbour of the deceased wrote: “Alfred Bassa rest in peace. You didn’t have to call it quit this way. May heaven received your soul and grant your family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

“Alfred Bassa, I saw your poor mum yesterday, you have caused her pain that is hard to be soothed and wound that can never be healed.”

Bassa was laid to rest on October 3.

The family of the deceased from Nasarawa State said they would file charges to enforce his posthumous promotion.

He was scheduled to get married to his long-time sweetheart on November 19, 2020, before he took his life.