The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) has admitted knowing about security lapses at the Kuje Medium Prison in Abuja, which recently experienced a jail break by two inmates.
He made the disclosure in a chat with reporters shortly after carrying an on-the-spot assessment of the facility on Monday.
There were reports at the weekend that Charles Okah, the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, who is in detention at the Kuje prisons, had escaped but this was later dismissed as false.
However, two inmates awaiting trial for culpable homicide, were confirmed to have escaped the prison and are currently at large.
In his chat with journalists, Dambazau disclosed that he had earlier called the attention of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) to the gaps, which he had noticed and eventually led to the prisoners’ escape.
“This is a very serious issue”, the minister lamented. “The security gaps that I observed when I came here the last time, though I don’t want to preempt the outcome of the investigation, I think those lapses were what made it possible for the prisoners to escape”.
He said an investigation had already commenced by the Controller General of the Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, noting that efforts will be made to reinforce security at the prison facility.
Dambazau, who insisted that the names of all inmates at the prison must be known by the authorities, advised Prison wardens and officers to take their job seriously.
“This place is a warehouse where we ensure that anyone who passes through here does not go out as a criminal. So, if we leave these gaps, we will never be able to achieve our objectives”, he said.
Dambazau, a former Army Chief, who said the report of a preliminary investigation conducted has been submitted to him, however, refused to respond to reporters’ inquiries on how the inmates escaped from the prison facility.
He, however, assured that anyone found guilty will be punished even as he said efforts were being doubled to recapture the fleeing prisoners.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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