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  • Updated: November 30, 2021

Senate Summons Attorney General, Interior Minister Over Incessant Jailbreaks

The Senate, on Tuesday, summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, over the incessant jailbreaks in the country.

This followed a Point of Order raised by Senator Istifanus Gyang (PDP-Plateau) during the plenary.

Gyang came under matter of urgent public importance on “terror attacks on two communities in Plateau North and jailbreak at the Jos Medium Security Correctional Centre Jos, Plateau’’.

The upper chamber also directed its Committee on Interior to invite the Controller-General of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Haliru Nababa.

It said the invitation was necessary to carry out a full-scale investigation into the state of correctional centres nationwide.

Raising Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Gyang said nine inmates were killed in Jos' jailbreak, while 252 inmates escaped and remained large.

The lawmaker decried the incident, saying that Jos' custodial centre was well fortified and surrounded by major security formations.

He, therefore, called for the reinforcement of physical protection systems and security mechanisms at correctional centres by the ministry of interior to forestall further jailbreaks.

Contributing, Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, said that correctional centres were the weakest link under the criminal justice system in the country.

“We have challenges, of course with the police, the judiciary but the correctional centres are the ones in which this country has not made the kind of investment required.

“We must look into the entire system of this kind of recurrent attack and look at the entire disposition of our prison system. The prison system is porous.

“Some of the correctional centres were those created since colonial days. About 60 per cent of them were prison systems that were established during the colonial system,’’ he said.

Similarly, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo) said: “The issue of insecurity has remained a recurring event that seems to have no solution despite all government’s effort, despite all the military effort.

“What will be the interest of somebody attacking a correctional centre in Jos, could he say it is as a result of poverty or hunger?

“I think if we do not trace what are the causes of this development, we may be chasing shadows.

“ Time has come that this nation has to retreat and strategies to find out what is truly causing the insecurity, who is responsible and how did it come about.’’

In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over plenary said, “we have a serious issue regarding this security breach.

“The question becomes why are we having these challenges? Everything President has requested from the National Assembly by way of funding, we have obliged him.

“So the fault is not that of the President. But to whom much is given much is also expected.

“Now, having given all of this funding to the security agencies, why are we still having these challenges?

“I think it is something we need to sleepover. But in the interim, it is clear that we have a serious intelligence gathering gap.

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