Still reeling under the weight of embarrassment, shock and disappointment occasioned by the Tuesday bloody attacks on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday summoned an emergency National Security Council meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The convening of tgd meeting coincided with Federal Government’s declaration that 69 Boko Haram members detained in Kuje Prison had escaped and pronounced them wanted.
Some cabinet ministers and all security and service chiefs were in attendance at the meeting.
Others attending the security meeting are Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, was represented at the meeting.
The meeting according to a report by The Niche newspaper online, would deliberate on the nation’s security challenges occasioned by the recent attacks on Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, by suspected terrorists where high-profile Boko Haram inmates escaped.
The Prison was invaded by gunmen on Tuesday and scores of inmates, including 64 Boko Haram commanders as well as other hardened criminals, were released.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the President had, on Wednesday, visited the Custodial Centre, where he expressed disappointment with the nation’s intelligence system.
After inspecting some of the points impacted by the attack, Buhari expressed disappointment with the intelligence system and utilization.
He said: “I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organize, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”
Flowing from the President’s expression of disappointment, the Federal Government has declared wanted, 69 of the inmates who escaped from its Kuje Prison in Abuja on Tuesday night.
The 69 inmates are said to have cases relating to terrorism and being members of the Boko Haram sect.
Scores of terrorists had on Tuesday night launched a daring attack on the facility, bombing their way in and freeing 879 inmates, among whom were at least 64 who had terror-related charges on their necks.
Some of those declared wanted are Muhammad Sani Adamu, Muktar Umar, Nambil Zakari Gambo, AbdulKareem Musa, Abdulsalami Adamu and others.