Why Insecurity Continues To Fester In Nigeria – Atiku Speaks.
The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, shed light on the lingering insecurity issues bedevilling the country.
He said the festering insecurity challenges, particularly incessant attacks on hapless Nigerians were the resultant effect of the Federal Government’s inability to enthrone a regime of law and order.
Atiku’s position was coming on the heels of the terrorist attack on the Kuje custodial center in Abuja. The PUNCH reports that the terrorists attacked the center and freed inmates including 64 of their members held in the custody on Tuesday night.
But reacting to the attack in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, the former Vice President noted the missing regime of law and order in the country was emboldening the terrorists.
He wrote, “I am concerned and saddened by reports of the attack on Kuje Prison by suspected terrorists. My concern arises not only from the prospects of the escape of detained terrorists and hardened criminals but of its implications for the security of lives and property to residents of Abuja and its environs.
“I wish to restate what I said to @THISDAYLIVE on Monday that our inability to enthrone a regime of law & order in which the arrest and prosecution of criminals will be made a priority as a deterrent to copycats is the reason why insecurity continues to fester in our country.-AA.”
Giving details of the attack, the Nigeria Correction Service’s spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, said one Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel and four inmates died during the incident.
In a statement on Wednesday, Abubakar said the terrorists used explosives on the center’s fence and its main entrance to gain access to the facility.
According to him, a total of 16 inmates and three custodial officers were injured during the attack.
He said 879 inmates escaped from the facility while 443 had been recaptured and 551 are still at large.