Hoodlums have attacked many custodial centres across Nigeria recently, setting free hundreds of inmates.
Aregbesola was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide Sola Fasure;
You are therefore required to be firm and courageous in carrying out your lawful duties. Our facilities are sacred and inviolable. They are a red zone and we shall defend them with the resources at our disposal.
Let me remind you all that we are all stakeholders in the quest to restore lasting peace in our country. Every hand must therefore be on deck.
The minister also informed the officer to serve the nation to the best of their ability and ensure inmates are returned to society as better persons.
Aregbesola also paid a visit to the Kaduna Medium Security Custodial Centre, established in 1915, where he charged the contingent of the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Immigration Service and armed guards of the correction service to ensure no one who attempts to bridge the facility lives to tell the story.
“Carry out periodic drills to show your readiness and preparedness to repel any type of attack. You have the authority and backing of Mr President to defend this facility.