A prison officer identified as Alfred Bassa has allegedly committed suicide because he was denied a promotion three times despite meriting it.

28-year-old Bassa, a staff of the Nigerian Correctional Service, formerly known as Nigerian Prison Service, drank a poisonous substance on October 2, 2020, shortly after arriving at work at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Peoples Gazette reports.

The deceased reportedly wrote promotional examinations three times, passed three times and suffered denial from correctional authorities three times.

The microbiology graduate took the drastic decision to take his life as new set of officers were reportedly promoted last week and he was left out again.

According to the publication, his colleague had this to say ;

“He has watched as his contemporaries were being selectively promoted, including some who did not even pass promotional examinations,” People’s Gazette quoted a senior official as saying.

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

Bassa was laid to rest on October 3.


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