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Months After Kuje Jailbreak, Nigerians Await Buhari’s ‘Comprehensive Report’

Three months after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) to submit to his office, a ‘comprehensive report’ of the attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) by suspected members of the terror group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP); the report has still not been made public after submission.

Recall that on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at about 10:30 pm, news filtered out that there was another jailbreak similar to the ones carried out on custodial facilities in Kabba, Kogi State; Jos, Plateau State and a number of others in the last three years, an act which peaked during the #EndSARS protests.

There are still no indications that the report will be ready any time soon.

Angered by the manner this attack was executed, with no resistance from prison security formation and the non-arrest of any culprit, Buhari was quoted as saying, “I am disappointed with the intelligence system at the Kuje Custodial Centre. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”

It was gathered that President Buhari raised serious posers, tasking the NCoS to give reasons the prison’s defence failed to prevent the attack. How many inmates were in the facility and how many of them can be accounted 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?

Shortly after these queries and expressions of disappointment at the security apparatus in the facility, the President ordered an immediate ‘comprehensive report’ on the incident from NCoS, the agency saddled with the task of taking charge of all custodial facilities in the country.

Unfortunately, three months after the attack, where no suspect was arrested, the directive given by Buhari has not seen the light of day, which has prompted many to see the attack and inaction of NCoS as a national embarrassment.

With the report of heightened security threats targeted at the FCT, observers of the event have queried why the government appears lethargic on the Kuje jail attack, as it was yet to make public if the NCoS submitted a report or not to President Buhari.

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