By Omeiza Ajayi, ABUJA

An angry Interior minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday expressed utter disappointment at the security officers who were deployed to defend the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service saying the facility was the most fortified in the country.

The Minister who visited the Custodial Centre yesterday after the attack said, “I am disappointed by the level of defence by the team that was deployed here to protect the facility. We had enough officers and men to protect this facility but unfortunately, they could not hold their grounds effectively and that was the reason for the breach. Otherwise, the facility itself is a world class custodial centre.

“My position is clear. Since April 2022, I declared that all our custodial facilities are red zones and that whoever attempts an attack must not live to tell the story. I still maintain this. Kuje is the most fortified in the country if fortification for security is the determinant of whether it is medium or maximum, it is medium by size but maximum by the security being put there. We have a platoon of soldiers deployed here. We have the high grade of military and police and other security forces deployment for protection but strangely something happened most of which I cannot say on camera.

“I want to believe those who escaped can only run but cannot hide. It is very regrettable that this happened, let us put it in context, the nation was experiencing asymmetric warfare. Yes , the insurgents have been degraded in the North East of Nigeria, 61, 000 of them are in our custody in the North East, the effect of the effectiveness itself in degrading them in the North East is what we are experiencing.

As sad as it  is, we must put behind whatever it is happening in the context of the asymmetric warfare unleashed on the nation by this criminal elements and we will rise to it, that’s the assurance I want to give to Nigerians”, he added.

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