Kuje Prisons attack: I’m disappointed with intelligence system – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed disappointment with the intelligence system at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, a.k.a Kuje Prisons, in Abuja.

Buhari, who spent about 30 minutes when he visited the facility, attacked by terrorists on Tuesday night, angrily said, “I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”

Soon after his arrival, he was briefed about the attack by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shu’aib Mohammad Lamido Belgore, and the Controller General of Nigerian Correctional Service, Halliru Nababa, who showed him the bombed-out section used to gain access to the facility, as well as 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 the attack none of the 63 terrorists were accounted for; however, the prison officials emphasised that the facility’s records were not lost because they have been backed-up.

President Buhari, who, like most Nigerians was shocked by both the scale and audacity of the attack queried severally: “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?”

The President was also informed that the security forces have recaptured 350 of the escapees while about 450 others are still unaccounted for, and that rapid work is underway to recapture the rest.

He was, accompanied by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, said at the end of the visit that he is expecting “a comprehensive report” on the incident.

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