Terrorism

KUJE ATTACK: Out Of 994 Inmates, About 600 Escaped, 300 Rearrested – Defence Minister

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

No fewer than 600 inmates including about 64 Boko Haram inmates have escaped during terrorists‘ attack on Kuje Medium Correctional Centre in Abuja late Tuesday night.

This was disclosed Wednesday morning by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi at the outside of the facility while addressing newsmen.

“I think everything is under control. The people who came to do this activity, from the records, we believe they belong to a particular group.

“Most likely, they are Boko Haram members because we have sizeable number of Boko Haram suspects in detention, and presently we cannot locate any of them.

“I think they are about 64 in the prison and none of them now is available they have all escaped,” he disclosed.

Also, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Mohammad Lamido Belgore, while addressing journalists at the same venue, corroborated the minister’s earlier submission.

He said 994 inmates were domiciled in the facility, and about 300 inmates yet to be accounted for.

According to him, a security guard, who’s a civil defence official, was killed and two others injured, adding that some of the attackers escaped with gunshots and probably one or two deceased caught in the crossfire.

He said the terrorists came to the facility from the back with high-powered grenades with which they fell the prison wall after a second attempt at a section of the fence.

He said the terrorists also invaded the facility in large number – the reason security agents could not initially repel them until there was a reinforcement.

Belgore, however, called for calm, saying efforts were on to track down and rearrest all the fleeing inmates as well as the terrorists by all security forces detailed to do so.

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