- The attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Center was described as an incident that could only have happened with the help of insiders
- It was from President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, during a visit to a facility on Thursday, July 7
- According to Lawan, the attack on this correctional facility is symptomatic of the failure of security failure
Senate President Ahmad Lawan said Tuesday the attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Center by terrorists speaks volumes about that Failure of Nigeria’s security architecture.
Speaking Thursday, July 7, during a visit to the facility to assess the extent of the terrorist attacks, the Senate President that such an incident could only occur through the cooperation of insiders within the the nation’s correctional system.
La staff of the Senate delegation, which also included some members of the National Security and Intelligence Committee, were welcomed by Comptroller-General of Nigeria’s Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa , guided through the facility.
“The attack on this correctional facility is symptomatic of a security failure. The attack is just a culmination of the failure.
“We were told that an estimated 300 terrorists attacked this facility. They came on foot and I think they should have been spotted.
First of all, three hundred people will not come to an operation like this without planning. The planning must have taken a week, a month or a little longer.
“I think our security authorities should have picked this out of their tracking systems in the FCT.”
Lawan accused the Nigerian Correctional Service of not providing closed circuit television (CCTV) at the Kuje facility and others across the country.
The Senate President questioned the CG of the NCS to include in their 2023 budget proposal to the National Assembly for approval a motion to provide video surveillance in the highest and medium-level correctional facilities across the country.
< blockquote>“Secondly, having toured the facility ourselves, we are disappointed that this facility does not have CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras, something that records and gives you details of what is happening and sometimes records net events.
“This is a medium security prison, how on earth in a FCT facility of this scale we don’t have CCTV? This means we can say that all other medium security centers across the country have no video surveillance.”
No record of attack on Kuje Correctional Facility
It is disappointing to add that there is no record of the attack on the facility other than reports or word of mouth from residents living in the area, Lawan that security needs to be improved at every facility across the country.
“Third, going from cell to cell to release people, particularly those known to be insurgents, tells many stories. “
“It might not be far from an inside job, someone who either works at this location or must have worked here.
“I think we need to investigate further what happened is that we die Find the culprit, because when something like this happens, there should be sanctions.
“Where people are not doing their jobs properly, and they have been given that responsibility, they should be asked to take responsibility.
“When people don’t take responsibility for their failures, it means no one would bother to do what is expected of them in the office or the job that the person was given.
“To have this kind of situation in the FCT today that we have criminals who are now free all over the city is very dangerous and you can never have peace of mind.”
“The FCT is the seat of government and today that seat is not secure. So we must do everything we can to get everyone back.”
The Senate President also instructed the security authorities to ensure that the insurgents who escaped from Kuje prison are caught
The commanding officer of the Nigerian Army Battalion in Gwagwalada, Lt. Col. Adisa, previously briefed lawmakers and told Senate leadership that over three hundred insurgents were behind the Attack on the Kuje stuck on Tuesday Medium security prison.
Adisa confirmed that only fifty security forces were present when the terrorists, armed with IEDs, stormed the facility to disperse the insurgents to be released.
Adisa confirmed that there were only fifty security guards in total. p>