“This (the prison attacks) has nothing to do with technology; it could even be related to climate change,” Aregbesola said.
Home Secretary Rauf Aregbesola has said repeated attacks on Nigerian prisons could be linked to climate change and the ‘global crisis’.
Aregbesola said this at the 64th session of the State House ministerial briefing hosted by the Presidential Communications Team at Aso Rock Villa, Abuja on Thursday.
At the event, the minister was asked who was responsible for a number of prison breaks in the country, including the recent attack on Kuje prison. Responding, he said: “It’s the season; I know you don’t want to hear it. Have we had what we have today in Nigeria before? It’s the season and it’s global.”
“Why are we having murders in the United States? As bad as it is, it’s horrible, but in the United States people are dying every second. In California, in the last week in the United States, 20 people have been murdered, no, did you ask why what? It has nothing to do with it.” it has to do with technology, it could even be related to climate change,” she said.
Mr. Aregbesola stated that some people turn to crime when they cannot manage their stability in the face of difficulties, scarcity and insecurity. He noted that the global tension that followed the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the crisis around the world.
“Let’s not just look at COVID-19, the remaining 120 days intermittent, don’t you think those things will have an impact on society?” he said. “And in any case, the way to evaluate a government is this: What didn’t you do?”
On July 5, 2022, armed terrorists invaded the Kuje Correctional Facility, a prison in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Abuja. After hours of gunfire, more than 400 inmates escaped.
On Thursday, the minister said his ministry had thwarted another escape attempt at the Kuje facility, though he did not provide details.
He said those who recently tried to attack Kuje prison were sent “back to their creators.”
“To this day, there is not a single inmate in our facility that is not biometrically captured and that is the best we can do,” he said. “We are still working on the DNA, which is another way to identify them; we have met with all the agencies and institutions that can use biometrics. The most effective agency to capture them remains the police. They are doing wonderfully well. “
Aregbesola said his ministry is doing everything possible to prevent attacks on correctional facilities.
“Just take it, it’s not a long game as usual,” he said. “We are equipping our men so that they can defend those facilities on their own. And those sister agencies are also increasing their ability to protect and defend our facilities. And we are improving the design of our facilities so that they are almost impregnable.”
In September of last year, PREMIUM TIMES detailed why the terrorist attack on Kuje prison was successful. Our findings revealed the failures in Nigeria’s security preparation that led to the preventable incident.
Before the Kuje incident, there were attacks on prisons in Oyo, Edo and other parts of the country, which led to the escape of many criminals.