President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, the new Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons.
Mr Ekpendu was heading the Administration and Supply Directorate before his appointment.
The appointment, which was announced yesterday in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Mr. Ope Fatinikun, seals the fate of the acting Comptroller General of Prisons, Aminu A Suley of ever being confirmed a substantive CGP.
Ekpendu, who hails from Ibeku Okwuato in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State, had his Primary school Education at St Patrick’s school Ibeku Okwuato.
Afterwards, he proceeded to Mbaise Secondary School, Aboh Mbaise, with his Teachers’ Training College Education at Azaraegbelu Teachers’ Training College Emekuku, Owerri.
The new CGP’s tertiary Education was at University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained his Bsc (Hons) in 1981,MED in 1984 and PHD in 1988.
Ekpendu also attended the Prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru Jos in 2007.
Before his present appointment as the Controller General, he held various positions in the prisons including the Deputy Commandant Prisons Training College,Lagos-1991-1994; Officer-in-Charge of Umuahia-1995-1996; Officer in charge of Owerri Prisons-1997-1998 and Deputy Controller of Prisons Training, Prisons Headquarters 1999.
He was also Controller of Prisons Pension, Prisons Headquarters- 2000; Controller of Prisons of Enugu State 2001-2003, Imo State 2003-2005 and Delta State 2006.
He was promoted Assistant Controller General of Prisons (Operations) 2008 and was deployed as Zonal Coordinator Zone D, Minna- 2009-2010. He became Deputy Controller General (ITP) in 2011.
Before his new appointment as the Controller General, Ekpendu has been Deputy Controller General (Administration) since 2012.