Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, on Tuesday stated that intelligent reports totalling up to forty-four were provided by the Department of State Services (DSS) prior to the attack on Kuje correctional facility.
Speaking on a motion by Jigawa State Rep Abubakar Yallemen, to stop a nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles, Wase opined that there is need to cooperate with the federal government in acting on intelligence reports concerning terrorist activities in the country. The Deputy speaker also confirmed going through all 44 reports; resolving that the attack on Kuje Prison was premeditated.
Concerning the federal government’s proposed ban on commercial motorcycles, Wase explained the importance of the move in checkmating insecurity in Nigeria—not before stating the negative effect it will have on local transportation.
‘For most of us — 90 percent of my community if not 99 percent — this is the only means of transportation,’ he said.
‘We appreciate his motion and sensibility, but in line with our principle to help in curbing the incessant insecurity in our country, we have to cooperate with the government
‘You cannot imagine what is happening today in Abuja. I’ll confirm to you that I went through the DSS report — 44 reports were given before the attack on Kuje.
‘I want to say so. I want to confirm to you — 44. I read through all the reports and it all has to do with this. There is no community that one attack or the other will happen that you will not have intel, and this is part of the intel that they had given as to what is exactly going to happen. So, we have to cooperate with the government,’ he said.
Abubakar Yallemen consequentially stepped down his motion after the Deputy Speaker’s view on the nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles.
On July 5, 2022, the Kuje Prison in Abuja was bombarded by terrorists; freeing hundreds of inmates and suspected allies to Boko Haram terrorist group. Although, the recapture of escapees have been reported in succeeding weeks, some honchos still remain at large.