Following the increased spate of invasion of custodial centres by armed hoodlums, the Nigerian Army, NA, has accepted to to assist the Nigerian Correctional Service in giving refresher training to its armed squad personnel.
The Acting Controller General of Corrections, John Mrabure had, in a letter to the Chief of Army Staff, requested for assistance in training his armed squad personnel in low intensity engagement of armed non-state actors who have made jail attack a regular feature.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Corrections, Francis Enobore, in a statement issued yesterday,14th April, disclosed that the training, which is expected to commence soon, will cover relevant tactical components to strengthen the capacity of Correctional Service armed guards to engage invaders adequately and squarely.
According to him, capacity building is one of the many strategies being designed by the management of the Service to resist and prevent further violation of custodial centres in the country.
It will be recalled that since 2010 when suspected Boko Haram elements invaded Bauchi Custodial Centre to free inmates including their members, armed hoodlums have also attacked some other Custodial Centres across the country, which has led to the loss of lives of several officers, and many others severely injured in the unprovoked attacks.
This development has also led to the escape of many hardened criminals into the society, which further compounds the security situation in the country.