President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that Tuesday’s attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre by terrorists speaks volumes about the failure of the country’s security architecture.
Senator Lawan, who led a delegation of the leadership of the Senate to assess the level of attack on the correctional facility by insurgents in Kuje, in the nation’s Federal Capital, said that attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre could only have been possible with the collaboration of insiders within the nation’s correctional system.
“The attack on this correctional facility is symptomatic of the failure of security failure. The attack is only a culmination of the failure.”
Speaking after an assessment of the correctional facility, Senator Lawan said: “We were told that an estimated 300 terrorists attacked this facility. They came on foot, and I believe they should have been detected.
He faulted the Nigerian Correctional Service for not providing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at the Kuje correctional facility and others across the country.
The Senate President asked the Controller-General of the NCS to include a request for the provision of CCTV across maximum and medium correctional centres across the country in its 2023 budget proposal to the National Assembly for approval.
The Lawmakers on the Senate President’s delegation, which also had some members of the Committee on National Security and Intelligence, were conducted round the facility by the Controller- General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa.