Kuje Prison Attack: 65 heavily armed personnel present on day of attack

The Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, has mentioned 65 personnel of a joint job drive had been present on the Kuje Correctional Facility, Abuja, on the day it was attacked.

Mr Aregbesola said this on Monday whereas showing earlier than a joint Committee of the Home of Representatives.

He mentioned the 65 personnel comprised males from the Nigerian Military, NSCDC, Nigerian Immigration Companies and different companies.

Kuje attack…

PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack on the Kuje jail by terrorists on 5 July .

Over 800 jail inmates escaped through the attack with about half of them nonetheless at giant. These nonetheless at giant embrace about 60 Boko Haram members.

ISWAP, a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, claimed accountability for the attack and later launched a video of the incident.

Questions have been raised on how the terrorists had been capable of perform the attack regardless of their proximity to some army installations within the Federal Capital Territory.

In July, Mr Aregbesola had claimed that the terrorists “overpowered the officers on obligation.”

65 officers charged to guard the jail

Mr Aregbesola refused to reveal the small print of the arms on the disposal of the safety personnel on obligation that evening. He mentioned he couldn’t disclose the small print as a result of of the presence of journalists.

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He said that regardless of the quantity of personnel on the facility, they failed to forestall the breach.

“On the fifth of July round 10 pm, large quantity of components that I consider to be terrorists of a specific model got here in a big quantity to attack our facility.

“In that facility on that day of the invasion had been 31 army personnel of the Nigerian military, 5 personnel of MOPOL 21, 5 private of MOPOL 50, two personnel of counter-terrorism unit of the Nigeria police, two personnel of Kuje police division, seven personnel of Nigeria Immigration Service, three personnel of Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), 10 personnel of correction armed squad.

“These 65 individuals had been there for the precise accountability of helping and stopping any attack they usually had been all armed,” he mentioned.

Decision to make the listening to public

A member of the committee, Ifeanyi Momah (APGA, Anambra), had moved a movement for the listening to to be made public.

The decision to make it public overrode the choice of the Chairman of the Committee, Sharada Sha’ban, who had earlier known as for an govt session.

Mr Sha’aban made one other try and eject journalists from the venue however members of the committee disagreed.

However when Mr Aregbesola was making his submission, he refused to present some particular particulars. He said that except an unique setting is supplied, he wouldn’t communicate on the specifics.

“As a result of of the presence of the pressmen right here, I’ll not let you know the good arsenal of their possession however they had been well-armed.

“If we have now an unique association, I offers you the specifics of the good gear of army arsenals that had been positioned for the defence of the power,” he mentioned.

Consequently, Mr Momah moved a movement to rescind the preliminary movement, and it was carried.

Final warning to heads of companies

The committee additionally resolved to summon the heads of some army and paramilitary companies to seem earlier than it or face sanction.

Mr Sharadda lamented that some heads of some companies shunned the listening to. He famous that the committee is keen to take motion towards any of the officers.

A member of the committee, Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), moved a movement for a last summon to be issued to the affected officers and companies.

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