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Lawan decries lack of CCTV in Kuje prison

Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan visited Kuje medium-security custodial centre in Abuja. Photo: Tope Brown

Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan has expressed disappointment that there were no closed-circuit television (CCTV) devices at the Kuje medium-security custodial centre in Abuja.

He made the remark after visiting the prison in Kuje on Thursday.

Dr Ahmed expressed disappointment that there are no CCTV, and there was no record to give a view of what happened at the facility.

“How on earth does a centre of this magnitude in the FCT not have any CCTV? It means we can say that all other medium security custodial centres across the country do not have CCTV”. Senate President stated.

Some Terrorists had on Tuesday night stormed the facility, releasing hundreds of prisoners.

“So we have asked the Comptroller-General to ensure that the request for CCTV in all the maximum and medium custodial centres across the country are included in their 2023 budget because this is essentially indispensable.” Dr Lawan noted.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier visited the custodial centre on Wednesday, expressing regret over the attack.

In a related development, Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, CP Ayuba Elkana moved to revamp security architecture of all correctional centers in the state.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu says the CP met with the Comptroller Nigeria Corrections Service, Zamfara State Command to reviewed the existing security of correctional centres within the state.

He said that, the command has assured robust partnership to rearrange the security architecture of the correctional facilities and other vulnerable infrastructures.

CP Ayuba called on members of the public to support the police with credible information on activities of criminal elements in the state.

Reporting by Abdulrazak Kaura; editing by Adeniyi Bakare