Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior has affirmed that heavy security was stationed at the Kuje correctional facility but was breached by the wicked terrorists who attacked the facility. The minister made this known in Abuja while appearing before the joint Committee of the House of Representatives on Monday, September 5, 2022 exactly two months when the terrorists invaded the Kuje correctional facility.
Rauf Aregbesola while speaking before the committee members of the green chamber refused to divulge information about the type of weapons wielded by security officers at Kuje Prison. Aregbesola disclosed that 65 joint task forces which comprises of security personnel from the Army, NSCDC, the Immigration Service, and other agencies were present at the facility on the day of the tragic incident.
The minister, however, did not disclose the weapon at the disposal of the joint task forces on the night of the tragic incident stating that the presence of the media will not allow him to divulge such information.
Aregbesola admitted that despite the presence of 65 security agents at the facility, the terrorists were successful in invading the Kuje correctional facility. He stated that: “In that facility on the day of the invasion were 31 military personnel of the Nigerian army, five personnel of MOPOL 21, five personal of MOPOL 50, two personnel of counter-terrorism unit of the Nigeria police, two personnel of Kuje police division, seven personnel of Nigeria Immigration Service, three personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and 10 personnel of correction armed squad.
“These 65 people were there for the specific responsibility of assisting and preventing any attack and they were all armed.” He further recounts that the incident during Kuje prison break is a conspiracy and he doesn’t want to mention any name.
Meanwhile, the embattled police officer, Abba Kyari who is also an inmate at the Kuje correctional facility has given his own account of what actually happened during the prison break. The attack, which occurred on July 5, 2022 led to the escape of about 879 inmates, including all 68 imprisoned Boko Haram members. Abba Kyari, who spoke through his lawyer, told the court that he hid like a rat when the attack began by the Boko Haram terrorists.