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Kuje prison attack: Minister tasks royal fathers on fishing out escapees

Following the recent attack at the Kuje Medium Correctional Facility by suspected terrorists, which led to the escape of many inmates, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello has tasked traditional rulers in the area, especially, to work with relevant security operatives to apprehend all the escapees.

Malam Bello who stated this in Abuj, when he visited the Kuje Prison facility for an on-the-spot assessment of damage after the attack, called on the Gomo of Kuje, Haruna Tanko Jibrin to summon all traditional chiefs in Kuje Area Council to combine intelligence with security agencies to fish out the escaped inmates from the community.

The FCT Minister also called on members of the communities to provide appropriate intelligence to the security agencies to enable them do their work.

He expressed confidence that with maximum cooperation from the communities, all those that escaped would be traced and brought back to the facility.

The Minister who met with the Comptroller General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa and the Gomo of Kuje during the visit, described the incident as “very sad and unfortunate”.

The Minister also said efforts are being made to strengthen security around the facility, and other parts of the territory.

Malam Bello expressed his condolences to the Gomo of Kuje, and sympathised with the family of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps officer who lost his life during the incident, describing him as “a very fine and gallant officer”.

On the Minister’s entourage to the correction facility were, the FCT Police Commissioner, Sunday Babaji and heads of all the security agencies in the FCT, the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo, and other senior officials of the FCT Administration.

Editing by Tina Oyinsan