Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, says there has been another escape attempt in recent months.

In July 5th2022, armed men attacked a prison in the Kuje council area of ​​the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

More than 500 prisoners, including boko haram suspects—said to have escaped.

Speaking at a ministerial press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Aregbesola said there have been further attempts to replicate Kuje’s leak.

According to the minister, the culprits have been “sent to their maker.”

“We are doing the best we can to make sure it is difficult for someone to attack our facilities,” Aregbesola said.

“You may not know that some tried and we have returned them to their creator. Just take it, it’s not a game as usual anymore.

“We are equipping our men to, on their own, defend those installations. 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 it is almost impregnable”.

However, Aregbesola did not disclose the facilities where the escape attempts were made.

Speaking about the Kuje incident, the former Osun governor said it had been difficult to recover “many” missing inmates, but added that he was confident they would soon be caught as their biometric data was recorded in the system.

“To this day, there is not a single inmate in our facility that is not biomedically captured and that is the best we can do. We are still working on the DNA, which is another way to identify them,” he said.

“We have met with all the agencies and institutions that can use the biometrics we have to track and arrest them. They are doing everything they can. The most effective agency to capture them remains the police. They are doing wonderfully well.

“The technology that we hoped would be effective in capturing them is not that effective. As I would normally tell people, they can only run, they can’t hide. If they go out of circulation for now but because they can’t change their biometrics, whenever they go out they will be exposed and therefore arrested if they haven’t died.

“There is no international airport that you will go to today that will not have pictures of all these people. They’re on our website, newspapers carried them, they’re on social media platforms.”


Speaking about the spate of leaks in the country, the minister said “it is the season” but noted that it is not peculiar to Nigeria.

He said the high level of insecurity, among other factors, contributed to the outbreaks.

“It’s the season. Don’t say oh! 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,” she said.

“Why are we having murders in America? As bad as it is, it’s horrible, but in America, people are dying every second… in California. In the last week in the United States, 20 people have died, did you ask why? It has nothing to do with technology, it could even be related to climate change.

“When things are tough, people who can’t handle their own stability turn to that kind of thing. It cannot be said that there is no terrorism in Nigeria, we are managing it. It cannot be said that there is no banditry in Nigeria, we are managing it.

“There is tension. Nigerians, like the rest of the world, were held incommunicado for 90 days straight. Let’s not just look at COVID-19, the remaining 120 days were intermittent. Don’t you think those things will have an impact on society?