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Security arrangement breached in Kuje centre – Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola says the heavy security put in place at the Correctional Facility located at Kuje, Abuja was breached by the terrorists who invaded the facility on the 5th July, 2022.

Mr Aregbesola disclosed this at the National Assembly, during the resumed investigative hearing into the Kuje Correctional attack, by  the joint house of Representatives Committee on Security & Intelligence, Defence, Army and Police Affairs.

The minister,  noted that the 65 security personnel comprising; the Nigerian Army, the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Nigeria Police, personnel of Kuje Police Division; personnel of Nigerian Immigration Service; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and personnel of Correctional Armed Squad, deployed to secure the facility were adequately equipped.

He revealed that, 106 inmates refused to leave the facility during the attack, while 28 inmates who left the facility voluntarily returned. 

The Chairman, House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Mr Sha’aban Sharada, expressed concern that the attack which lasted for several hours did not record any formidable resistance from the security personnel deployed to the facility nor was there an adequate response from the security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory. 

The situation according to him, call into question, the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire national security architecture, given the location of their headquarters in the FCT.

Mr Sharada stated that the house has mandated the committee to conduct an investigation with a view to finding out the cause of the incident.

The committee also resolved to send a final invitation to the Minister of Defence, Police Affairs, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, who failed to honor all the previous invitations sent to them.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu