Security agencies in Nigeria are working round the clock to ensure they recapture the inmates who fled the Kuje prison in Abuja and safely return them to the correctional facility as they pose a great threat to the society. This effort has resulted in the recapture of 421 prisoners at the time of this write up while 454 others are still at large. 

What they are saying 
Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Correctional Service, Edwin Anayo disclosed in an oversight visit to the Kuje prison on Thursday that the committee had summoned the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Comptroller-General of the NCoS, Haliru Nababa, and Commander of the Nigerian Army Platoon on duty on the night of the attack to explain to the National Assembly the situation on ground. 

In case you missed it 

  • An attack occurred last Tuesday on one of Nigeria’s most secure correctional facilities, Kuje prison Abuja, by suspected members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP)
  • This attack on the high-profile facility led to the escape of 879 prisoners including 69 suspected Boko Haram members and 15 high profile Boko Haram leaders who reports say spearheaded the attack of Kaduna-Abuja train at Katari, Kaduna. 

Why this matters 
The daring attacks on high-profile targets such as Kuje prison, President Muhammadu Buhari’s advance convoy, a moving Abuja-Kaduna train, etc. highlight the vulnerability of Nigeria’s security. Bringing peace and stability to the Northeast and other significantly troubled parts of the country should be a priority of the Nigerian government because it greatly troubles the lives and livelihood of Nigerians living in the regions.

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