Prison Break: Minister ask traditional rulers, residents to help track down escapees 


FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, today visited the Kuje prison to inspect the level of damage on the facility following the Tuesday night attack.

The minister assured residents that efforts are being made to strengthen security, not only around the facility, but the Kuje Area Council and other parts of the territory.

A statement by the FCT Administration quoted the minister as tasking the Gomo of Kuje, HRH Haruna Jibrin, to summon all traditional chiefs in the area council to combine intelligence with security agencies to fish out the escaped inmates from the community.

The statement signed by Mrs. Rabi Umar, for the Chief Press Secretary, also called 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.

The Minister who also met with the Comptroller General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, described the incident as “very sad and unfortunate”, adding that such incidents threatens everybody, thus the need for everyone to support the security agencies in carrying out their assignments.

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.”

On the Minister’s entourage to the correction facility were, the FCT Police Commissioner, Sunday Babaji and heads of all the security agencies in the FCT, the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo, and other senior officials of the FCT Administration.


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