Nigeria Correctional Centres Are Not Built Against External Attack - Minister
After 48 hours after terrorists stormed the Kuje Custodial Centre in the Federal Capital Territory, Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, said yesterday that Nigeria’s prisons were not built to withstand external attacks.
Aregbesola, whose ministry has between October 2020 and now witnessed 12 prison attacks, explained that the nation’s custodial centres were designed “to prevent and foil internal disturbances and riots.”
He spoke for the first time on the Kuje attack at the launch of the Enhanced e-Passport for Nigerians in Washington DC, United States.
He is billed to attend a Security Council meeting scheduled for today with the President.
“Our system was primed to prevent and foil internal disturbances and riots, not external attacks/invasion since the facilities were usually built around police and military formations,” the minister said.
It will be noted that since the attack on the Kuje prison several criticisms are being leveled against the security architecture of the country.
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