Jan 31, 2023

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Kuje Jailbreak: President Buhari Under Pressure As Calls for Aregbesola’s Dismissal Heightens – Legit.ng

  • President Muhammadu Buhari is currently under pressure to make a decision on whether or not to sack his interior minister
  • However, there are demands from civil society Groups and individuals calling for the minister’s release have increased in recent hours
  • President Buhari’s government was found to have experienced 15 prison breaks involving over 3000 inmates, who are now at large

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to dismiss Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola after the infamous prison break at Abuja’s Kuje Correctional Facility on Tuesday, July 5.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) went through this appeal on Thursday, July 7, Punch newspaper reported a statement signed by the National Koo rdinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

As included in the statement, the group reflected on the Inc Essant jailbreak in the country stating that Nigeria has over 15 jailbreaks with over 3,000 inmates at large foot under the leadership of Aregbesola.

The group said:

“The spate of jailbreaks under President Muhammadu Buhari and Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola is alarming and condemnable. Even under then-President Goodluck Jonathan, who had no military experience or background, jailbreaks were not as widespread as Nigerians see them today.

“The frequent and recurring jailbreaks demonstrate the inefficiency of all these Buhari Presidents Appointment to office and his unwillingness to sack her also show that the President tacitly wants the situation to smolder further.

“HURIWA calls for the sacking of Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola; and his defense counterpart, Bashir Magashi; because of constant incompetence. We also call for the establishment of a broad judicial inquiry into prison breakouts in Nigeria.”

UN Ambassador calls for Aregbesola to be released

Similar , SDG Ambassador United Nations’ Hussaini Coomassie has also called for Aregbesola’s release, Vanguard newspaper reported.

According to Coomassie, the Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), should also be effective immediately be released.

He described the Kuje jailbreak as an unfortunate event caused by the complacency of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

ISWAP takes responsibility for Kuje -Attack, video released

In another related report, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on prisons eruption in Kuje.

It was shortly after Kuje Prison in Abuja was attacked by unknown gunmen with explosives.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who visited the scene of the incident, blamed the intelligence agency for the prison break.

“All Boko Haram inmates escaped,” says Defense Minister

Meanwhile, emerging reports have confirmed that the Boko Haram suspects in Kuje Correctional Facility have fled.

This was announced by Defense Minister Bashir Magashi.


He said:

“What actually happened, they came in droves and released some of the inmates. We are now trying to find out what kind of prisoners they released.”

Source: Legit.ng