Aregbesola vows not to resign despite incessant jailbreaks

Aregbesola vows not to resign despite incessant jailbreaks

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday, December 8, said the incessant attacks on correctional facilities in the country cannot force him to resign.

Aregbesola made this assertion while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

“As to whether it (the jail attacks) calls for my resignation, I still don’t see any need for that; because it is not for lack of preparedness that the attacks were successful,” the minister said.

One of such incidents was the attack by gunmen on the Kabba Medium Custodial Centre in Kogi State on September 12. While two security operatives – a soldier and policeman – died during the attack, over 240 inmates fled the facility.

Despite the attacks on correctional centres and the killing of some security operatives in the process, Aregbesola says he is not under any pressure to resign.

According to him, the protracted security situation in the country; and inadequate dispensation of justice are among the factors responsible for the vulnerability of prison officials in the face of attacks.

“Even the men in uniform, the hazard of their job could lead to their death,” the minister said.

“But none of them wanted to die.

“We are upping our game and we will not allow any such opportunistic attack; and even make it impossible. That is what the state must do.”

Aregbesola, however, gave an assurance that the Federal Government was making efforts to step up security around the correctional centers.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has advocated the emergence of an Igbo President in 2023.

Ngige made this call on Tuesday, December 7, in an interview on Channels TV; noting that it would help to permanently heal the wounds of the civil war; and end all agitations for the Biafra republic.

The Minister said, “If Nigerians of all shades of opinion in all the political parties agree to send down the presidency; in both parties to the South East, you would have buried the ghosts of the civil war permanently. You would have buried all the separatist agitations permanently; you would have buried all the sins of ‘oh no appointments; these and that’ permanently. Everything will begin to rest.”

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