By Sola Isola
Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin, yesterday, stated that the attack on the Oyo prison facility in Abolongo is an act of terrorism, just as he called for improved security of Custodial Centres across the country.
Folarin, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Y. S. O. Olaniyi, condoled with families of the slain officers, and also wished the critically injured ones quick recoveries.
The lawmaker, who represents Oyo Central Senatorial District, said: “Prison break is an act of terrorism. Within a year, Correctional Centres in Edo, Kogi, Imo and Oyo states have been successfully attacked by unknown gunmen. The government at all levels must not allow this ugly trend to continue.
“Apart from reinforcing security architecture of the country’s custodial facilities, it is noteworthy that majority of the centres are obsolete, and they need to be rebuilt to international standards.
“Nigerian Correctional Service needs to adopt sophisticated technology and modern mechanism in securing the country’s custodial facilities.
“In the 21st century, it is germane to change the approach and redirect our intellects and resources towards combating the security challenges confronting the nation especially organised crimes such as terrorism, armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry among others.
“Though our security agencies have proven themselves to be competent over the years and can compete favourably with their foreign counterparts, there is the need to adopt modern technologies in securing the nation and its citizens.
“The fleeing criminals pose serious dangers to our society. Good citizens must be concerned that more than 500 hardened criminals are at large. It is a grave criminal offence for their families and friends to shelter them.”