The prison command in Plateau state is fighting to save its face.

Officers and men of the Command have been accused of starving inmates to satisfy their personal needs.

Uneasy lies the head of the Controller of the Command, Noel Ailewon.

“The allegations are malicious; they are an attempt to drag the good name of the command to the mud,” he told newsmen on Sunday in Jos.

Some groups recently alleged that the diversion of food rations is affecting the health of those held in custody.

But Ailewon, who described the allegations as “very strange”, insists that the claims are not only untrue, but “impossible”’.

“I do not know whether it used to happen before, but certainly not now, because we have put measures in place to ensure that nothing like that happens.

“We have involved inmates’ representatives in the assessing, weighing and sharing of food.

“The inmates’ representatives are deeply involved in the whole feeding processes; they check quantity and quality and reports their observations on daily business,” Ailewon said.

The Controller cautioned members of the public against destructive rumours that could paint prison workers in bad light in the eyes of prisoners and members of the public.

In 2016, there were prison riots in Enugu and Kogi state after inmates rebelled against wardens for being corrupt and biased.