Aregbesola orders officers to shoot dead prison attackers

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has ordered prisons officers to shoot to kill any criminal element that attacks any correctional facility in the country.

Aregbesola issued the order while inspecting the facility at the Agodi Custodial Centre, Ibadan on Monday.

Describing the facility as a “red zone”, the minister charged officers to ensure it is impregnable by responding to attacks with lethal force.

He said any attack on the facility should thenceforth be treated as an attack on the state which must never be allowed to reoccur.

“The most important thing is the security impregnability of this facility. Make this facility impregnable.

“It is a red zone, dangerous zone. Whoever attempts to breach the security here is already dead. He must not live to tell the story. Other people will tell his or her story.

“Any effort to breach our facility is not acceptable. Don’t shoot to injure, shoot to kill. Don’t shoot to disable, shoot to kill.

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“This is a total embodiment of the state to guarantee the security of the people.

“We will do our best regarding your welfare to ensure effective service. I must commend your work for not recording any case of COVID-19 in your facility.

“But most importantly, you must be effective in preventing the penetration of this facility. You must have the capacity to repel viciously any attempt to penetrate this facility.”

The Herald can report that there have been several attacks on correctional facilities in the country in recent months.

The latest of such attacks occurred at the Jos Medium Security Custodial Centre, Plateau State, during which nine persons were killed.

Also, 252 prisoners fled the facility as a result of the attack.

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