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Kuje Prison Attack: Spread of ISWAP, Ansaru, Other Terrorist Groups Not Surprising, Security Expert Says – Legit.ng

  • A security expert in Nigeria said increasing attacks on key locations and soft targets by terrorists are not surprising
  • Senator Iroegbu said that the The implication of the Kuje prison attack is a red flag and an indication that the Federal Capital Territory may be a city under siege
  • According to the expert, there is a need for the imposition of punitive measures against Security personnel and authorities endangering efforts to end terrorist activities in Nigeria

On March 28 a The train to Kaduna with approx 970 passengers was attacked by some terrorists in Katari, Kaduna state. The attack on the train resulted in the killing of at least eight people, including All Progressives Congress youth leader Amin Mahmoud; a young doctor, Chinelo Megafu; the general secretary of the trade union congress, including Barrister Musa Lawal-Ozigi.

The terrorists also successfully kidnapped over 65 passengers, 11 of whom were released in June, including a businessman and business manager of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Ali-Hassan, who was rumored to have secured his freedom by paying the group N100 million ransom.

Subsequently, On Saturday , July 9 – some 103 days after the attack on the train – a new group of seven prisoners, including a Pakistani national, were freed. This incident came just under four days after the same group of terrorists – the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) – launched an attack on the Kuje prison in the Federal Capital Territory and freed over 60 of their fighters.

In response to these developments, Iroegbu confirmed that the spread of terrorist activity, particularly in the northwest and central north, had been reported on multiple occasions and could not have escaped anyone following the trend.

< p class="align-left">Iroegbu said:

“I recall that former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Butatai, alluded earlier to this fact that some of the terrorist elements, displaced from the north-east have migrated south.

“This has also been confirmed by the Defense Media Operations of the Nigerian Defense Headquarters, as a Boko Haram cell in the Bund es state of Nasarawa was blown up.”

Terrorists technically defeated?

Iroegb They added that with all the recorded incidents and the audacity of the terrorists, the question demanding answers is why the Nigerian authorities have either lacklusterly responded or not at all, with devastating consequences.

He admitted that:

“The danger is that the government lacked any strategy in its response to the banditry in the North West, but it was so committed to countering IPOB activity in the South East that it said it had defeated the terrorists in the North East.

“The terrorists are creeping and spreading unchecked across the country.”

“And that’s it. The encirclement of the capital by FCT is a cause for concern because it looks like there is Established and active terrorist cells in the states of N iger, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kaduna, all bordering FCT.”

How safe is the federal capital terror?

With all the incidents that happened in the Federal Capital Territory and its neighboring states like Nasarawa, Niger and Kaduna, the security expert fears that the recent prison breakouts represent the worst-case scenario.

Iroegbu The repetition of the attack on the Kuje prison facility is a red flag and an indication that the FCT, which houses Nigeria’s seat of power, may be a city under siege.

His words:

“We all know the aftermath of the Owerri prison break that the state has never known peace since. Will that be the case here?

“Another consequence of this is that the city has been thrown into a state of panic as no one knows when, where and how these terrorists might show up and wreak havoc, so the nation’s capital has become less is

“Again this could affect our standing in the international community as travel warnings may be issued against Nigerian cities and states and Nigerians who travel may be overly scrutinized and vetted.”

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Nigeria continues to ignore warnings from US, international communities and way forward

In addition, Iroegbu condemned the continued neglect of early warnings from the United States of America and other members of the international community on terrorist activities and their proliferation.

He said vers Several warnings from the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) that ISWAP’s activities spread from the Sahel to the south coast of West Africa should have followed Nigerian government action.

He added:

“For this purpose there could be terror cells/sleeper cells also beyond these two zones waiting to be activated.

Iroegbu highlighted the recommendations needed to address the insecurity sweeping the nation and called for the punishment of negligence by relevant security forces and agencies.

His words:

“People should be made to take responsibility, which could include outright dismissals, demotions, trials and imprisonment.

“Also, this policy of putting terror suspects in a medium-security prison when they should have been in a maximum-security prison is very dangerous, should be discontinued.

“In addition, the facilities of the correctional facility should be expanded and modernized. Here, too, the justice system should be improved and the number of waiting court cases reduced, since the centers are not only overcrowded, but over 70 percent of the inmates are waiting Court case.”

Kuje prison attack: Senator Ali Ndume says Nigeria is in trouble, gives reasons

Senator Ali Ndume had condemned the leadership of Nigeria for not taking responsibility for the attack on the Kuje prison facility.

Ndume confirmed that the government’s fundamental goal of safeguarding the lives and property of citizens has been abandoned by the current government.

According to lawmakers, as a senator, he feels tormented by the current situation Nigeria is facing.

< h2>Kuje Prison Attack f: Outraged Senate President Ahmad Lawan explains what really happened

The attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Center was described as an incident that only insiders helped could have happened.

This was announced by the President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday 7th July during a visit to a facility.

According to Lawan, the attack on this correctional facility is symptomatic of a security failure.

Source: Legit.ng