Kuje Prison attack: Terrorists evaded correctional centre despite presence of “well-armed” security operatives- Aregbesola


The Minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has disclosed that no fewer than 65 security operatives were on guard at the correctional facility in Kuje, federal capital territory (FCT), on the day it was invaded.

Aregbesola made this known when he appeared before the House of Representatives committees on national security and interior.

On July 5, 2022, gunmen attacked the Kuje prison facility and freed hundreds of inmates, including suspected Boko Haram members.

The minister told the lawmakers that “well-armed” security operatives were attached to the correctional centre to prevent an attack on the facility.

The minister said 994 inmates, out of which 64 were terror suspects were in the facility on the day of the attack.

He said they comprised 31 personnel of the Nigerian Army, five personnel of MOPOL 21, five personnel of MOPOL 50, two personnel of Counter Terrorism Unit of Nigeria Police, two personnel of Kuje Police Division; seven personnel of Nigerian Immigration Service; three personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and 10 personnel of Correctional Armed Squad

Aregbesola said: “These 65 people are there for specific responsibility of resisting and preventing any attack and were all armed. Because of the presence of press men here, I’ll not tell you the grades of arsenals in their possession. But they’re well-armed.

“If we have a more exclusive arrangement, I’ll give you specifics on the grade of equipment, military arsenals that were positioned for the defence of the facility.

“However, in spite of everything, our arrangement for the protection of Kuje failed and the facility was breached”.

The chairman of the committee, Sha’aban Sharada, ordered that letters be sent to the service chiefs to appear before it on Thursday.

“This situation is therefore very disturbing, embarrassing and also raises serious concerns about the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire national security architecture, especially given the location of their headquarters in the FCT,” he said.

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