President Muhammadu Buhari expressed shock at the failure of intelligence and security at the Kuje Prisons which was attacked by terrorists late Tuesday.
Speaking when he paid an assessment visit to the prison on Wednesday, President Buhari asked questions about how security arrangements at the prison failed.
The Kuje Prison was attacked by heavily armed terrorists who gained entrance into the prison complex by blowing up a perimeter fence of the yard through the rear.
Several prisoners including hardened terrorists detained at the facility and awaiting trial escaped with the attackers.
Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, said 60 terrorists detained at the prison made their way out.
However, speaking during his visit President Buhari said he was disappointed that terrorists had their way against his government’s security agencies.
“I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organize, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”, he said.
President Buhari who said that he was expecting a comprehensive report on the attack, also asked to know what guards on duty did when the terrorists struck.
“How many personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does the CCTV work?”, he queried.
Accompanied by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the president was conducted round the facility and shown the extent of damage to the prison including burnt files and vehicles.
Meanwhile, the President has justified his decision to travel to Senegal in the face of mounting terrorist attacks which also affected his advance team to Katsina.
President Buhari, who is expected to celebrate his eid-el-fitr holidays at his home in Daura, Katsina State, had despatched an advance team which, however, came under fire by terrorists at Dutsima, killing some personnel.
But justifying the Senegal trip, President Buhari said it would have amounted to cowardice to cancel the trip which, he argued, would embolden the terrorists.
According to him, proceeding on the trip was a sure way to assure that all was well and under control.
“To cancel the trip to Senegal would mean that the terrorists are successful in calling the shots, something that no responsible government in the world will allow”, he said in a tweet released by Shehu.