EDITORIAL: Sunday’s Attempted Jailbreak, Matters Arising

EDITORIAL: Sunday’s Attempted Jailbreak, Matters Arising
April 06 05:40 2014 Print This Article

Jail break attempt

Sunday March 30, 2014 cannot be forgotten in a hurry in Abuja as a day that the Department of State Security (DSS) headquarters in the precinct of the Three Arms Zone which house the seat of power popularly called Aso Rock was turned to a theater of war as some suspected members of the Boko Haram sect who are being held in detention facility in the premises stage a daring escape.

Though, the suspected members of the radical sect paid the supreme price as 21 detainees were confirmed dead after the encounter which calls to test the alertness of Nigeria security but eventually bowed to the superior power of Nigeria’s military prowess.

It is highly commendable that the operatives of the DSS were able to contain and foiled the jailbreak apart from the quick collaboration of the Army which saw to the immediate deployment of a team to reinforce the perimeter guards of the DSS headquarters to forestall any external collaborators, this is a proof of cooperation and synergy among the nation’s security agencies which must be sustained as a way of curtailing the rampaging insurgency in the country.

But what happened in the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) when he was turned into a battle field really brought some questions to the fore.

It called to question if such category of criminals should be kept in an environment that can cause unnecessary panic to the society and friends of the country.

It has been the norm of security agencies world over to keep such a high caliber of detainees in a safe environment that would not cause any security breach to the country should in case they decide to engage in any act to free themselves.

An unconfirmed report even said during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo some high profile detainees were kept in a secured island in Lagos as part of measures to ensure that they were not within the reach of external collaborators in case of jail break.

Last Sunday’s experience should be an eye opener to Nigeria to start considering relocating such sensitive office like that of the DSS from the neighbourhood of the Three Arms Zone and residential areas.

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