July 20, 2024

How Terrorists Attacked Kuje Prison In Abuja, Freed Over 500 Boko Haram Members, Herdsmen

The Jamar Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladi Sudan popularly known as Ansaru terrorists were responsible for the attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, multiple security sources have told SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters had on Tuesday reported that the facility was under attack by gunmen.

According to one of the sources, the terrorists invaded the facility around 9:05 pm and operated till 1:30am on Wednesday morning.

He added that over 800 inmates including terrorists escaped during the attack by gunmen.

The source further said over 500 Ansaru, Boko Haram members and killer Fulani herdsmen were released.

“Out of 1005 inmates, only 150 or thereabout didn’t escape. Though everywhere is calm now and some inmates have started coming back.

“Against some media reports, Nyame, Kyari, Dariye and Wadume are still around. 
“The attack was carried out by the bandits affiliate of Ansaru, they removed all their members and that of Boko Haram in the prison. Also all the Fulani boys accused of killing people were released, over 500 terrorists. They all escaped,” the top source revealed. 

SaharaReporters earlier reported that the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, said none of the Boko Haram suspects detained at Kuje prison in Abuja was found after the attack on the facilities on Tuesday night.

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Addressing journalists after taking an assessment tour of the facility, the minister said, “The attack started around 10:30pm. They came in their numbers gained entrance into the prison and they released some of the inmates and which we are now following to see the kind of inmates that they have released.

“Very soon, we will give you the correct figure of the inmates that were taken. Aside that, we are trying to see what we can do to ensure that all escapees are returned back.
“The prison is accommodating about 994 inmates and over 600 escaped. Many people have been recaptured and brought back to the prison. Maybe by the close of the day, more will have been captured and returned.

“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.”

SaharaReporters also learnt that other inmates had been removed from the facility including the suspended deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, who was remanded at the prison by a Federal High Court.

Kyari is standing trial for allegedly dealing in cocaine alongside four members of his former police unit, the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), and two other persons arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Enugu State, in January this year. 

Gunmen suspected to be terrorists on Tuesday night attacked the prison facility in Nigeria’s capital city, and SaharaReporters learnt that the facility was ruined by the heavy firepower brought by the assailants. 

Kuje prison was established in 1989, it has minimum and maximum holding cells where inmates are incarcerated.

It is famous for holding high-profile offenders, including former governors and ministers.

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