President Muhammadu Buhari has queried the intelligence system at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, Abuja.
The President who visited the correctional facility almost 24 hours after the attack, expressed disappointment over the manner Kuje prison in the federal capital territory (FCT) was attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
Following his arrival at the facility, the president was briefed about the attack by Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary, ministry of interior, and Haliru Nababa, the controller general of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).
The president ascribed the situation to a failure of intelligence when he visited the medium security custodial centre on Wednesday.
Buhari questioned why terrorists are able to successfully “attack a security installation and get away with it”.
“How did the defences at the prison fail to prevent the attack? How many personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed?” the president was quoted as asking the prison officials.
Speaking with journalists after the inspection, Buhari said: “I am disappointed with the intelligence system.
“How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”
The president added that he is expecting “a comprehensive report” on the incident.
Buhari is expected to travel to Dakar, Senegal, later today to participate in the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa summit.