Mr Jamiu Olawumi, Special Adviser to the Governor of Osun State on Education, has said that in Nigeria, jailbreak has become an issue because the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, is allegedly diverted from his duties.
On Tuesday, he claimed on Rave FM’s Frank Talk show in Osogbo, which was monitored by Vanguard, that Nigeria has never had it worse in terms of jailbreak, but that due to the Minister’s preoccupation in Osun politics, the country appears impotent to combat the rising threat.
“What is going on in Osun State is impacting the Federal Government; how many inmates have we lost because of the crowd?” Is it around 4000? We’ve never had it so terrible in Nigeria since he (Aregbesola) has been distracted by events in Osun, the Minister of Interior is distracted, despite his capacity, convicts are leaping fences, and he’s powerless.
“He’s preoccupied with the catastrophe he’s created in Osun.” “You cannot find any disguise behind this situation other than Ogbeni Aregbesola,” the Special Adviser added.
He also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against using Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel for any electoral duties in the state, claiming that they had been compromised since they are employed to give cover for certain groups of people in the state.
“We believe Aregbesola is providing them (TOP members) with security cover… INEC and the Federal Government should pay attention to what I’m saying: the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has been misrepresented in certain functions in Osogbo, and they won’t be able to supervise elections here next year because we’ve seen some people who appear to be fake Civil Defence officers carrying guns and covering their events.
“It is the police’s legal responsibility to cover events, and it is the NSCDC’s responsibility to monitor pipelines and petroleum chemical substances.” It would be difficult for any agency under the Ministry of Interior’s supervision to oversee elections in this country.
“By the time they bring fake uniform people to Osun, it will not only affect APC, but it will also affect PDP,” he said. “That is why I am shouting out now because someone is trying to dig a hole on the ship of progress while it is at sea.”
In response, the Minister’s spokesperson, Sola Fasure, stated that the Special Adviser to the Governor is not speaking from a position of knowledge.
“He is not speaking from a position of authority. What is happening is an attack on correctional facilities, which is unusual because the facilities were not designed to deal with such attacks using military ordinance and other heavy military equipment. However, the ministry is dealing with the threat, and measures have been put in place to mitigate it.
“As long as it is within the agency’s obligation, he has no power to decide which agency will be involved in election duties.” “His opinions were truly amusing,” Fasure stated.