• Seeks to improve management systems for the country’s federal correctional facilities.
Following the recent armed attack on the Medium Federal Correctional Centre in Kabba, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reaffirmed his administration’s determination to prevent crime in any form from recurring. Also Read: Kogi Prison Break: Panic In Kwara,FCT, Ekiti Over 240 Escaping Prisoners.
Remember that the assailants arrived at the detention center heavily equipped and quickly engaged the guards in a gun battle.
He stated this through his Deputy, Dr. Edward Onoja, who paid an on-the-spot tour of the affected Correctional Facility on Tuesday with the State Deputy Chief of Staff, State Security Adviser, and State Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Deputy Comptroller General, NCS.
Chief Onoja, who was on the ground on his Principal’s orders for a first-hand assessment of the incident, said it was in response to a previous visit by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Commander, Army Records, Lokoja, and other investigative personnel.
He cited Governor Bello’s numerous achievements as a result of his zero tolerance for insecurity in the state, stressing that Strategic Remedial Actions are still underway to find the perpetrators of the attack and ensure they face the full force of the law.
While expressing the Governor’s condolences to the families and colleagues of the servicemen who died in the tragic incident, he praised the quick response of security agencies, traditional rulers, local hunters, and community residents, which resulted in the arrest and voluntary return of 112 inmates and counting.
- According to the NCS’s Deputy Comptroller General, the Service is understaffed and lacks the necessary equipment to fend against simultaneous strikes on its locations across the country. Also Read: Fani-Kayode: The Kogi Prison Break was an attempt to undermine and discredit Yahaya Bello.
Chief Onoja also paid separate visits to some of the injured security officers at an undisclosed hospital and the Palace of the Obaro of Kabba, HRM, Oba Solomon Oladele Owoniyi, where he expressed sadness for the country’s frequent prison attacks.
In order to combat future threats, he also urged for further reinforcement of the service’s armed squad, a strengthened security system, suitable infrastructure, and enhanced communication between the federal and state governments.
In welcoming him, the Royal Father also chastised the judiciary for failing to care for detainees, pointing out that an alarming 87 percent of them were still awaiting trial at the facility in question.