- An angry President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday expressed disappointment with the intelligence collapse in the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje
- Apparently miffed, Buhari who was shocked by both the scale and audacity of the attack, queried the intelligence system at the prison
- The President, accompanied by SGF Boss Mustapha, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, at the end of the visit, directed a comprehensive report on the incident
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment with the Intelligence system, following the terrorists’ attack on Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje.
After inspecting the attack scene on Wednesday, July 6, the president expressed faulted the intelligent system at Kuje prison, Daily Trust reports.
“I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it.”
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According to the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu:
“Soon after he (President Buhari) arrived, he was briefed about the attack by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Mohammad Lamido Belgore and the Controller General of Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, showing him the bombed-out section used to access first, and the records office which was set on fire, adding that the invaders thereafter launched an attack on all cells in which Boko Haram terrorists were held.
“The President was apprised that, at the end of it, none of the 63 terrorists are accounted for, but it was emphasized that records are not lost because they have been backed up.”
Buhari reacts angrily
Shehu in the statement issued after the visit added that President Buhari like most Nigerians was shocked by both the scale and audacity of the attack and queried:
“How did the defences at the prison fail to prevent the attack? How many inmates were in the facility? How many of them can you account for? How many personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does the CCTV work?”
He said the President was also informed that the security forces had recaptured 350 of the escapees while about 450 others were still unaccounted for, and that rapid work was under way to recapture the rest.
Shehu said President Buhari, accompanied by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, stated at the end of the visit that he was expecting “a comprehensive report” on the incident.
While reacting to mounting criticism of the trip to Dakar, Senegal by the President, he stressed that “Governments don’t stop working because nations face terrorist threats.
“To cancel the trip to Senegal would mean that the terrorists are successful in calling the shots, something that no responsible government in the world will allow.”
Where is Abba Kyari, controversy surrounds whereabouts of suspended police officer
Meanwhile, following the daring attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday evening of July 5, the whereabouts of suspended deputy commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, is generating controversy.
During the attack which lasted hours, many inmates were said to have escaped. The Kuje prison is famous for holding high-profile inmates and suspects, including former governors and ministers.
A source at the correctional facilities claimed that the he has not seen the former police officer.
He was quoted to have said:
“We have not seen him today. He didn’t also come for Subhi (early morning) prayer as usual. But I don’t know what is happening.”