Senate To Probe Jail-breaks Across Nigeria

 Senate To Probe Jail-breaks Across Nigeria

The Senate has mandated its Committee on Interior to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the frequent jailbreaks across the country.

It resolved to summon the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Haliru Nababa, to determine the status of correctional centres nationwide, with a view to determining the challenges and preventing future recurrence.

These were part of resolutions reached during the plenary following a motion brought by Senator Istifanus Gyang, titled: “Terror Attacks on two Communities in Plateau North and Jail Break at the Jos Medium Security Correctional Centre.”

Citing orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules to present his motion, Gyang lamented the multiple attacks on two communities of Ta’egbe, Rigwe land and Durbi, Sheri District in Bassa and Jos East councils, which led to the death of no fewer than 10 persons at the weekend.

He said nine inmates, including an officer identified as Umar A. Mohammed, were also killed, while 252 inmates escaped during the jailbreak, adding that six inmates were fatally injured, 10 of the escapees were re-arrested, 63 sentenced to death, 27 convicted, while 181 were awaiting trial.

Speaking, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North) blamed rising insecurity in Nigeria on the inadequate personnel in the country’s various security agencies.

He, therefore, called on the National Assembly to rise to the occasion by appropriating more funds to security agencies to enable them to recruit more personnel.

He said nine inmates, including an officer identified as Umar A. Mohammed, were also killed, while 252 inmates escaped during the jailbreak, adding that six inmates were fatally injured, 10 of the escapees were re-arrested, 63 sentenced to death, 27 convicted, while 181 were awaiting trial.

Speaking, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North) blamed rising insecurity in Nigeria on the inadequate personnel in the country’s various security agencies.

He, therefore, called on the National Assembly to rise to the occasion by appropriating more funds to security agencies to enable them to recruit more personnel.

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