The Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has downplayed calls for his resignation following the spate of jailbreaks in Nigeria.
Aregbesola said this while addressing State House Correspondents after their weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He stated that the incidents of jailbreaks did not happen due to lack of preparedness but situations that were occasioned by a series of factors.
According to the Minister, “Imo was in April this year. Kabba was in September. Abologo in October, and Jos was in November.
“As painful as those attacks were, nobody will really want the end of justice to be so vulnerable.
“The custodial facilities are the final end of criminal justice administration. So, morally, the state owes itself the responsibility of safe custody that must not be violated.
“On that account alone, we must appreciate the enormity of any successful attack on custodial facilities, and I so do, but I want us to put these things in the context of our security situation.
“When our best does not suffice, it’s no longer a question of your inability to make preparation or failure for preparation or preparedness. It’s just that at that instance, you just couldn’t hold the defence, and several factors are responsible.
“What I can assure Nigerians is this. Yes, as contextual as these attacks and the successes such criminals have, we are upping our game. We will not allow it; we will prevent any such opportunistic attack and even make it impossible. And that is what the state must do.
“We are working with all arms of government, particularly the security, to make our custodial facilities impregnable. We will not rest until that is achieved. So, that’s the assurance I’ll give to Nigerians.
“As to whether it calls for my resignation. I still don’t see any need for that because it’s not for lack of preparedness that the attacks were successful. No.
“Even the men in uniform, yes the hazards of their job could lead to their death, but none of them would prepare to die. These are human beings. For anyone of them to fall, it signifies the fact that no effort was spared and efforts that led to the sacrifice of human life cannot be trivialised”.