PDP Questions Redeployment Of Soldiers 24hrs Before Kuje Prison Attack

PDP Questions Redeployment Of Soldiers 24hrs Before Kuje Prison Attack

By Caleb Ishaya

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the recent attack in Kuje correctional facility that led to the killings of inmates and security personnel on Tuesday night.

The PDP expressed worry over the spate of insecurity and the audacity with which terrorists ravage the country unchallenged under the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC administration.

A statement signed by Debo Ologunagba National Publicity Secretary of the party said “The simultaneous terrorist attacks on the advance convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State as well as the Correctional Facility in Abuja, the nation’s capital, underscore the collapse of our security command and control structure under the failed, ineffective and uncoordinated Buhari-led APC administration.

“The terrorist attack on President Buhari’s convoy in his home State of Katsina as well as the ferocious invasion and the freeing of hundreds of terrorists and criminals from the Kuje Correctional Facility further confirm that Mr. President has lost control of the security of the nation and that Nigerians are no longer safe under the APC.

“The escalated spate of terrorism across the country has heightened apprehensions of complicity by the APC to open up our nation to more terrorist attacks with the view to stall the 2023 general elections”.

He noted that the failure of the APC administration to act on the intelligence provided by the Directorate of State Services, DSS, which on Tuesday July 5, 2022 reportedly warned of an impending attack on the Kuje Correctional Facility gives credence to fears by Nigerians of complicity.

“This is in addition to further reports that soldiers deployed to the precinct of the Kuje Correctional Facility and who had become familiar with the terrain were redeployed 24 hours before the terrorists attacked.”

The PDP demands that the APC government should come clean on who ordered the reported redeployment of soldiers and who failed to act on the intelligence provided by the DSS.

Ologunagba recall the public confession by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai at the wake of the bloody Abuja-Kaduna terrorist attack that the APC-led administration knows the whereabouts and the plans of the terrorists ravaging Nigeria but deliberately refused to act.

“It is rather distressing that President Buhari appears helpless without any decisive and concrete steps taken to stem the tide of terrorist attacks in our country.

“Even more curious is that President Buhari continues to retain Mr. Isa Pantami as Minister of Communication and Digital Economy to head and coordinate this very critical sector in the fight against terrorism in our country in spite of Isa Pantami’s confession of affiliation to terrorists.

“With the sequence of events in the last 48 hours, it is clear to Nigerians that the APC government headed by President Buhari has failed in the basic purpose of government which is to secure life and properties of the citizens”.

The PDP also called on the National Assembly to pass a vote of no confidence on Isa Patimi and insist on his immediate removal as a minister.

“The National Assembly should also immediately summon the Security Chiefs for a thorough investigation on the circumstances resulting in the failure of Nigeria security system”.