Untold Story Of Kuje Custodial Centre Attack,  Women Group Asks  Buhari To Resign To Mitigate The Suffering Of Nigerians

 By Lateef Adegbite

The Last may not have been heard about the the Kuje Medium Correctional Centre  attacked by the Islamic State of West African Province , ISWAP, fighters on Tuesday, June 5, 2022. Tukur Mamu,  a Media Aide to Ahmad Gumi, a Kaduna based  Islamic Cleric, may have shocked Nigerians when he said  he  alerted the Security and Intelligence  agencies Chiefs  about the planned attack on the Correctional Centre facility  by   the north east state of Borno  based Islamic state of West African Province, ISWAP.  Terrorists.

Nababa: CG, NCoS

  By shring the information with the Authorities, he had expected Haliru Nababa, Comptroller General, Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, the Nigerian Correctional Centre, NCoS, to have  tighten up security at the Medium Correctional centre and also install close circuit Television, CCTV,  to monitor the movement of people in and out of the facility.

    Note that two days after the sheikh Gumi Media Aide alerted the Authorities about the planned ISWAP attack on the Kuje Prison where over 60 arrested Islamic Fundamentalist , BokoHaram Group and ISWAP fighters were detained, the terrorist struck release them.  The  Islamic Cleric Aide had said without mincing words  that    ‘’the attack was executed and coordinated by the Ansaru Group, a breakaway faction of BokoKaram and ISWAP, based in the north west of Kaduna, which had attacked the Abuja-Kaduna Passenger train on March 28, 2022, and abducted 64 passengers while eight others were killed.

According to him, instead of the Authorities  to have acted fast  to prevent the attack on the Kuje prison facility  because of the large number of terrorists detained there, mostly the BoKo Haram  Commanders, Lucky   Irabor, an Army General and Chief of Defense  Stafff, CDS,  was said to have  Constituted a Committee  to look into the matter but that was how far he could go.

  Unknown to him, the ISWAP, terrorists and their  Ansaru Group Collaborators who are aiding and abetting the activities of the Bandits Group, operating in the north west states of Kaduna, Sokoto and the north central state of Niger, had concluded arrangement  to throw the country into confusion by attacking  the Kuje Correctional centre .

Mamu, has left no one in doubt that he was  in close contact with the Borno state  based terrorists Group, when disclosed  that ‘’they had requested for  the release of  51  of their members in Kuje prisoson, stressing that  he was able’’ to scale  the request  down to 10  which was communicated’’ to the Authorities in audio evidence’’.

 He lamented  that  ‘’there was  an unnecessary delay  from the Mohammadu Buhari led All Progressive Congress , APC, government  to act, may have given  the terrorists opportunity to  attack the Kuje correctional facility located at the outskirts of the FCT and escaped  with little or no resistance, which is a bad advertisement to the country.

The Katsina state born Nigerian President , who may have planned  to travel to Daura, his home town, for the Sallah Cebration , where the advance Tam  of security guards , Department of State Services, DSS, personel, and State House Correspondents were attacked at Dutsinma, described as a flashpoint area in the state  by Bandits who had  laid ambush for them on Tuesday, June 5, 2022, was still in Abuja when the ISWAP terrorists struck at Kuje Custodial centre.

  On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, he went to the prison premises to see things himself . The Nigerian President who could not hide his feelings after assessing the situation and wondered how the terrorists penetrated the prison premises without being caught. He had expressed his disappointment with the country Intelligence agencies. 

His anger  knows  no bounds.  Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity,noted that  the President had questioned   how:  the terrorists  organise to  have weapon to attack the Kuje Medium security prison in Abuja and get away with it’’.  He was said to have further asked NIS Authorities: How the  defenses  at the prison  failed to prevent the attack. He had sought to know  how many inmates were in the Kuje prison  and how many could be accounted for now after the terrorists attack.

 He may have sent a message to Nababa, the agency Director General that Heads will roll when he   asked : How may  officers were on duty  during the attack, how many of them were armed and whether there are  guards in the watchtower. He believes that if there were guards  on the watchtower at the time of the attack the guards would  have been able to put up a strong resistance.

  Ahmad Lawan, Nigerian Senate President may have painted  a sorry state of the Kuje prison facility, when he said that there were   no CCTV servicesinstalled at the  Medium Security  custodian centre, FCT.

An aggrieved Lawan while on tour of the  facility  on Thursday, June 7, 2022,  may have passed a vote of no Confidence on Nababa, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Services, NIS, . Hear him: I am disappointed that  ‘’there are no  CCTVs, something that could have recorded  or at least give  Nigerians a  clear view of what is happening and even record the event’’. The situation at the Kuje  Custodial centre may not be different  from all other medium  security custodial centres across the country , no installed CCTV or broken down CCTV.

President Buhari Visits Kuje Prison After Terrorists Attack

 Shuaibu Belgore, Permanent Secretary, ministry of Interior and Nababa, Comptroller General, NIS, had told the Nigerian President  on arrival at the Kuje prison facility  that the terrorists had  bombed  the out section and records office, which was said to have been set ablaze. The  duo noted that the terrorists, who may have come fulyl prepared  had aunched the attack  on all cells  in which  BokoHaram and ISWAP terrorists were held. The question on the lips of most people was how did they know the cells the BokoHaram fighters were held to  release them with ease.

 There are indications that the 63 terrorists detained in the Kuje prison were released by the ISWAP attackers alongside 879 other prisoners.  Prior to the IWAP attack on the Kuje prison, informed sources told The Value News that there were 994 detained inmates in the prison facility. The Prison officials with the support of the security operatives are still hunting for  the 443 prisoners  who took advantage of the terrorists attack on the Kuje prison to escape while 551 are still  in the NoCS Custody. But the 63 BokoHaram  and ISWAP fighters  could not be accounted for, meaning that they have gone into tin air.

Theophilous Danjuma, a retired Army General and former minister of Defense, during Olusegun Obasanjo’s Obasanjo, and one Chief of Army Staff, believes that there is a complicity between the soldiers and the terrori sts Groups and that is why they could launch attacks on Institutions and escape. He has told those that cares to listen that the military cannot defend Nigerians because they have soiled their hands

 Given  Buhari’s inability  to protect Lives and property  as Sworn in his Oath of office administered  by Justice Mohammad, Tanko a  former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN during his first term, in  office in 2015,  second term, in  2019 ,   , the League of Women Voters, LWV, had  asked  the Katsna state born Nigerian President ‘’to resign  to mitigate  the economic suffering in the country’’.  

  Esther Uduehi the founder of the  women Group,   may have spoken the mind of members  when she said that ‘’Nigerians are sick and tired of the Administration’s excuses of putting the blames of the high level of insecurity  and battered economy on the 16 years of the Opposition People’ Democratic Party rule ‘’.

She had categorically stated that ‘the APC government has collapsed and has nothing other than pain and sorrow to offer Nigerians’’.  The women group may have taken advantage of the Kuje Medium security attack by ISWAP terrorism  despite the tight security at the FCT,  to speak out . But he cannot resign resign, uness the National Assembly which Nigerians had described as lame duck threaten to impeach him which is out of the way because of their good working relationship over the last three years.

While  the Nigerians are still bashing the Nigerian President  over the audacious  attack  and shooting  of a Presidential convoy after  the Abuja –Kaduna train attack and kidnapping , coupled  with  the  slaughter  of the worshippers in St. Francis Owo,  which  Raufu Aregbesola, a former governor of Osun state and minister of Interior had hurriedly  inked on SAP,  the Nigerian President has been globe trotting instead of  addressing the security challenges of the country squarely.

 First, to Kigali, Rwanda , to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government  Meeting,   then Portugal on a Statevisit and now  Dakar, Snegal ,  to Launch a  $93 billion  Financial Ppackage  for the International  Development Association, IDA,’’ towards a robust and resilient  economy for Africa’’.The events in which the Nigerian President had been directly involved   were said to have taken place  between June 22, 2022 and July  5, 2022, an interval of 15 working days.

Many had expected him  to take use the opportunity provided by the Kuje Custodial centre  incident to warm  himself back to the heart of the people by speaking to Nigerians on the security situation of the country  as the  National Assembly  could only pass Resolutions leaving the implantation to the Buhari  led Executive bu failed to do so.

.  Ali Ndume,  a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  and Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, may have alluded to this when he said  that  the President   ought  to have  ‘’ addressed the nation  on the matter of  insecurity    rather than’’ issuing  Statements   through his Media Aides’’ which does  carry any any weight.

 The Borno state born politician  was emphatic: When it comes to issues like these,  particular, the Kuje Custodial centre attack in Abuja, ‘’ it is the President himself who  be talking to Nigerians but  to leave the matter for Media Aides to do.   He had  said that   ‘’many of those  who escaped from the Kuje prison  weredangerous  Boko Haram and IWAP fighters’’.

Owerri Custodial centre Attack in April, 2021

Recall that in April 5th  2021,  the attack on the Medium Correctional centre at Owerri , Capital of the south east state of Imo with explosive devices  where it was reported that  1, 844 inmates  were freed and the attack had been linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra , IPOB, by the Authorities. Nobody had any inkling that BokoHaram and ISWAP, terrorists could have the audacity to do it. The recent attack on St. Francis Catholic Church Owo, where scores of people were killed may have opened people’s eye to know that the BokoHaram, ISWAP and Ansaru Group fighters are everywhere and ready to strike at any given opportunity.  

Abolongo Custodial Centre Attacked By Gunmen, Oct. 2021

Also in October, same year, suspected gunmen  had arrived in their large number and attacked the ministry of Interior  Custodial centre  in the Abolongo Area of the Ancient of Ibadan  with explosives to gain access  to the prison where they were said to have freed scores of prisoners.  Indeed, it never ocuured to the Nigerian government the north north w east and north west based terrorists have peneterated, every part of the country causing great havoc until the Kuje incident occurred in the city of Abuja. There is no gainsaying the fact that the attack on the threNCo had followed the same pattern: use of explosives to gain entry into the Prisison premises and cells too release prisoners, showing that it was expertly handled which points to the direction of BokoHaram, ISWAP, Ansaru Group and the Bandits Group fighters, all based in the north.

When former President Goodluck Jonathan said that there were terrorists sympathisers in his government, critics laughed at him. The situation during the Jonatahn Administration may not be different now, going by what is happening in the country: frequent attacks, abduction and killings in different parts of the country

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