The Nassarawa Command of Nigerian Correctional Service has clarified that Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, Alfred Bassa, died as a result of protracted illness contrary to reports that he committed suicide after being denied promotion three times.
According to a statement issued by the Command's Public Relations Officer, Stephen Abene, findings showed that Bassa died as a result of protracted illness that led to psychiatric problem.
The statement read in part: "I wish to announce the demise of ASC Alfred G. Bassa, who until his death was serving at MSCC Keffi New. His death is sad and unfortunate. May God rest him. He was employed August 1, 2016."
Clarifying the promotion claim, it was stated that "Accordingly, he has spent 4 years of Service was just due for his first advancement in service which is already being processed. Promotion exams in the Correctional Service is due every 3 years, How then has he done 3 promotional exams, not to talk of failing, within 4 years of service?
"Bassa died as a result of protracted illness that led to psychiatric problem. Contrary to insinuation trending on social media and other platforms that the deceased passed away as a result of missing promotion.
"I wish to state that such information should be disregarded, please."