By: Wisdom Acka & Prudence Okonna
FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has tasked traditional rulers in Kuje to work with relevant security operatives to capture and return all fleeing inmates from the Kuje Correctional Service.
Gunmen suspected to be terrorists, in the late hours of Tuesday, attacked the Nigeria Correctional Service centre in Kuje and freed hundreds of inmates.
Mallam Bello, who gave the order during assessment of damage of the facility on Wednesday, called on the Gomo of Kuje, HRH Haruna Tanko Jibrin to summon all traditional chiefs in Kuje Area Council and work with security agencies to fish out the fleeing inmates and return them.
Calling on members of the communities to provide appropriate intelligence to the security agencies to enable them do their work, the Minister expressed confidence that, with maximum cooperation from the communities, all those who escaped would be traced, found and brought back since no one could go into any community and blend without being spotted by members of the community.
He described the incident as “very sad and unfortunate” and stated that such incidents threaten everybody, hence the need for everyone to support the security agencies in carrying out their assignments.
The Minister also stated that efforts are being made to strengthen security, not only around the facility, but the Kuje Area Council and other parts of the territory.
Mallam Bello expressed his condolences to the Gomo of Kuje, and sympathised with the family of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps officer, who lost his life during the incident; describing him as “a very fine and gallant officer”.
He was accompanied by the FCT Police Commissioner, Sunday Babaji and heads of all the security agencies in the FCT, Chairman, Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo, and other senior officials of the FCT Administration.