NCoS DCG Reveals Why Attacks on Jos Successful
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
According to Ahmed Tukur, a Deputy Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Centre, gunmen were able to successfully attack the Jos Custodial Centre due to a lack of armed guards on duty at the time of the incident.
During the attack on the correctional facilities in Jos last Sunday evening, the attackers released approximately 252 inmates.
The number of gunmen who came overwhelmed the armed guards on duty, said the DCG, who visited the center on Tuesday to assess the situation.
Speaking to newsmen after his visit, Tukur said, “When the gunmen came, they engaged our men at the main gate and opened fire on them.
“They killed one of my men and were able to force their way into the correctional centre to set the inmates free.
“You can imagine over 200 inmates trying to flee out of the correctional centre during the attack, and compare that number to the number of our armed guards on duty as at the time the attackers came.
“The numbers of inmates are colossal compared to a few of our armed guards on duty.
“So it was not easy for our men to combat the gunmen, it was only when the sister security agencies came that we got reinforced.
“That does not mean that our men just folded their arms. It is due to their efforts that they were able to engage the attackers and some of the fleeing inmates were shot, including one of the assailants.
“We have launched an investigation into the incident; I can’t talk on the insinuation of internal collaboration now, because the investigation is ongoing.
“On the deployment of technology for security, we have CCTV cameras in some of our correctional centres; we can only provide such gadgets based on funds at our disposal.
“In any case, all the correctional centres can get CCTV cameras at the same time; we are providing such gadgets as soon as the funds are available.”