August 19, 2022

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Senate fumes over Kuje jail assault, decries lack of CCTV, different monitoring devices


The Senate Thursday descended closely on administration of Kuje Medium Safety Custodian Centre over unhindered assault on it within the early hours of Wednesday by terrorists of Islamic State for West African Province ( ISWAP).

It expressed its complete displeasure on none practical Shut Circuit Tv ( CCTV) on the jail which incapacitated administration and safety  from stopping and responding appropriately to the assault that led to flee of over 800 inmates. 

Expressing their anger on the incident throughout on the spot evaluation,  the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, his Deputy , Ovie Omo – Agege and different principal officers, described the assault as very disappointing and failure of safety system .

They questioned how 300 ISWAP operatives accessed the premises of correctional centre on foot, compelled their methods into the varied cells and launched over 800 focused inmates for over an hour with none counter offensive from safety personnel on floor.

“That is unacceptable and won’t be condoned . For CCTV and different related monitoring devices to not be practical , are extremely disturbing and  harmful for the safety of inmates and residents of the Federal Capital Territory.

“The way in which the operation was even carried out primarily based on inspection made by us , strongly point out insiders’ connivance which should be critically regarded into,” stated the Senate President.

From barrage of questions fired on the Comptroller – Common of Nigerian  Correctional Service (NCS), Haliru Nababa, 51 safety officers had been stated to be on floor as on the time of the assault.

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The 51 safety operatives as submitted by CG NCS, received overwhelmed by the 300 attackers armed with AK 47 and Improvised Explosives System (IEDs) .

“Our males and different safety operatives just like the Military and Police, gave the attackers the required counter offensive which made them to undergo casualty of about 4 terrorists,” he stated.

Irked by his submission, the Deputy President of the Senate, stated killing 4 out of 300 is nothing to jot down dwelling about.

“I’ m personally disturbed by this your submission. Killing simply 4 terrorists out of 300 is nothing to me. 

“The sort of poor response to heinous crime of this nature is just not deterring in anyway as a result of they will assault once more,” he stated.

By the use of decision, the Senate President informed the NCS CG to make sure proposals comparable to procurement of CCTV and different monitoring devices in addition to sufficient safety personnel on the centre in 2023 funds.

He stated the Senate Committee on Inside and different safety associated ones, will very quickly summon the CG and different related authorities on it Custodian Centres for submit mortem evaluate of the incidences and required approach out.

“There must be an finish to all these problems with jail break or outright assaults.

“Our failing safety system should be reviewed and required know-how dropped at bear as a result of all most and medium correctional centres will need to have practical  CCTV and effectively secured always towards any type of assault,” he pressured.