Kuje Prison attack: Femi Falana urges government to review security architecture


Following the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory and the escape of several inmates, Femi Falana, a human rights activist, Wednesday called for the review of Nigeria’s security architecture.

Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made the call when he appeared on a ChannelsTV programme, Sunrise Daily.

He said no one is safe in the country, describing the attack as a very disturbing development.

He said apart from the regular press statements from the government condemning attacks, it had not dealt frontally with insecurity.

According to him, Kuje is almost the most secure of all custodial centres in Nigeria. He said if terrorists could have launched a successful attack on the facility and freed prisoners, there has to be a review of the security architecture in Nigeria.

Falana said these coordinated attacks clearly showed that there are serious problems that the government has refused to address regarding the security of the country.

He challenged the government at all levels to take intelligence reports more seriously, saying the government got regular intelligence reports but refused to act on them.

“Out there, nobody is secure. Every government must control the monopoly of violence but here, the criminal elements have taken over and they are now in firm control of violence in the country and that requires the authorities to sit down and address the problem,” he said.