The Senate, on Tuesday, summoned the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, for what he described as incessant leaks in the country.
This followed an Oder Point raised by Istifanus Gyang (PDP-Plateau) during plenary.
Gyang was the subject of a matter of urgent public importance concerning “terrorist attacks on two communities in Plateau North and jailbreak at Jos Medium Security Correctional Center Jos, Plateau.”
The upper house also directed its Homeland Committee to invite the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS, Haliru Nababa.
He said the invitation was necessary to conduct a large-scale investigation into the state of correctional facilities across the country.
Raising Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Gyang said nine prisoners died in Jos’s escape, while 252 prisoners escaped and remain at large.
The legislator condemned the incident, saying that Jos’ custody center was well fortified and surrounded by important security formations.
Therefore, he requested that the Ministry of the Interior strengthen the physical protection system and the security mechanism in correctional centers to prevent further escapes.
“We have challenges, of course with the police, the judiciary, but prisons are those in which this country has not made the type of investment required.
“We must analyze the entire system for this type of recurring attack and analyze the complete disposition of our prison system. The prison system is porous.
“Some of the correctional centers were those created since colonial times. About 60 percent of them were prison systems that were established during the colonial system, ” he said.
Likewise, Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo) said: “The issue of insecurity continues to be a recurring fact that seems to have no solution despite all the government’s efforts, despite all the military efforts.
“What will be the interest of someone who attacks a prison in Jos, could they say that it is as a result of poverty or hunger?
“I think if we don’t track down what the causes of this development are, we may be chasing shadows.
“The time has come for this nation to retreat and restructure to find out what is really causing the insecurity, who is responsible and how it came about.”
In his words, Senate Vice President Ovie Omo-Agege, who chaired the plenary, said: “We have a serious problem regarding this security breach.
“The question is why do we have these challenges? We have thanked him for everything that the President has asked the National Assembly for funding.
“So the blame is clearly not on the president. But to whom much is given, much is also expected.
“Now, having given all these funds to law enforcement agencies, why do we continue to have these challenges?
“I think it’s something we should sleep with. But in the meantime, it is clear that we have a serious gap in intelligence gathering. “
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