Outraged by recent wave of attacks on Custodial Centres of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), the Federal Government has personnel of the Service’s armed squad to shoot to kill order on any internal and external aggressor.
“The weapons you carry and the instrument you have are to be lawfully deployed for maximum effect, in protecting the facilities. Anyone or group of persons that decide(s) to attack them should not live to regret it,” the minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said during an emergency meeting with NCoS Squadron Commanders, Field Commanders and Heads of Armed Squads.
The minister assured the personnel that they have the backing of the Federal government and are “empowered by the highest authority in the land to use every means necessary to defend the custodial centres against internal and external aggression.”
He charged the officers not to fail in their duty to protect the Correctional facilities, saying “By the time you make it almost a life and death matter when you attempt a custodial facility, that will be the end of such attack.”
He said, “If this meeting must make any meaning at all, you will be held absolutely responsible going forward for any attack on our custodial facilities. I asked representatives of the advanced nations about how it works and they told me a custodial centre is a fortress and a sacred facility that nobody should even have the temerity to attack, not to talk of succeeding at attacking.”