Security presence around correctional facilities as well as exit and entry routes of three capital cities in Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara States has visibly become heavier, ostensibly a measure to prevent terrorist attacks on the prisons.
This is coming 11 days after PREMIUM TIMES published an exclusive report based on military intelligence warning of terrorist plans to attack prisons in the three North-western states.
In Katsina State, the public relations officer of the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Najib Idris, confirmed that the heavy security presence is to avert a prison attack.
He added that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) has also been complementing the efforts of the prison officers.
The two correctional facilities in the city have been provided with enhanced adequate security when our reporter visited the Unguwar Yari / Kofar Soro centre and the newly built one on Jibia road. Though the facility on Jibia road is opposite the Natsinta Army Barrack, this reporter found that security personnel were stationed around the facility.
Patrol teams have also been stationed on all exit and entry routes of the metropolis.
In Zamfara State, the Unguwar Gwaza area that hosts the Gusau correctional centre has been “taken over by” security agents to prevent terrorist attacks too.
The centre’s spokesperson, Dalhat Gusau, said correctional facilities in the state have always been secured.
But he noted that security has been beefed up to avert “any occurrence.”