- Security operatives safeguarding prisons in Nigeria have been given the order to kill anybody attempt to breach correctional centres
- The order to shoot and kill the criminals was issues by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
- Going further, he said officers must make it impossible for anyone to penetrate the facility, saying such an attempt must remain an attempt
Nigerians on social media have reacted to the recent order issued by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Recall that the minister recently ordered security personnel attached to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) to kill anyone who attempts to breach security at correctional facilities, Daily Trust reports.
He described Correctional (Prison) facilities across the country as a red zone, saying anyone who attempt to attack it should not live to tell the story.
Aregebsola, who gave the directive while addressing senior officers at the Agodi Custodial Centre of the NCoS, said such people should not be allowed to live.
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"The most important thing is the security impregnability of this facility. This is a red zone, dangerous zone. Whoever attempts to breach the facility is already dead. He must not live to tell the story.
“Any effort to breach our facility is not acceptable. Don’t shot to injure but shot to kill for any reason. This is a total embodiment of the state to guarantee the security of the people.”
However many Nigerians say the minister has no right to make such an order since is he is not a governor or president.
Other people said Aregbesola the minister did not consider some factors before making such pronouncement.
Ibrahim Lawal wrote:
"Did the minister ever considered the advantage with which his untrained officers will fire their onslaught on innocent citizen and for other unsanctioned activities?"
Jailbreak: Over 3,000 Escapee Inmates Still on the Run, Aregbesola Reveals
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Aregbesola said over 3000 inmates still at large, following jailbreaks in Nigeria within the last year.
Speaking at a media briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team at the State House in Abuja on Thursday, November 11, Aregbesola further disclosed that 4,860 inmates escaped from various custodial centres from 2020 till date, and out of this, 984 have been recaptured.
This leaves the country with about 3876 inmates out of custody. The former governor of Osun state stressed that the recent attacks on some correctional facilities in the country are a reflection of the insecurity in Nigeria.