Buhari Visits Kuje Prison, Slams Intelligence System

Following the Tuesday terrorist attack, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, visited the Kuje Custodial Correctional Centre.

The President was accompanied by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

The terrorists were said to have freed an unconfirmed number of inmates including 64 of their members held in the custody.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, and the Controller General of Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa were said to have briefed the president.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari expressed disappointment with the intelligence system.

The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari visits Kuje, asks questions about intelligence and why prison defences failed to work’.

The president was quoted to have said, “I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”

According to Buhari, he is expecting “a comprehensive report” on the incident.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Correction Service Spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, in a statement confirmed that one Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel and four inmates died during the incident.

Abubakar added that the terrorists used explosives on the centre’s fence and its main entrance to gain access to the facility.

He said a total of 16 inmates and three custodial officers were injured as a result. Although 879 inmates escaped from the facility, 443 have been recaptured and 551 are still at large.

Abubaka continued: “Four inmates dead and 16 inmates sustained various degree of injuries and are being treated at the moment. However, efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates.

“The Service will deploy its Corrections Information Management System in synergy with National Identity Management Commission to track all fleeing inmates and return them to custody.”

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