Over 600 Inmates Escape As Terrorists Bomb Kuje Prison - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Over 600 Inmates Escape As Terrorists Bomb Kuje Prison

•••64 Boko Haram Suspects In Kuje Prison Among The Escapees  

• Uncertainty Over Abba Kyari's Whereabout, Safety

The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, on Wednesday said over 600 of the inmates fled Kuje prisons when it came under attack.

The facility came under heavy attack late Tuesday night by Boko Haram terrorists who used high calibre explosives to bring down structures, burnt vehicles and other properties at the premises.

The attackers freed over 600 inmates in the process. About 64 of the escaped inmates were suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorists.

There was concern about the safety and whereabout of the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, who was kept in Kuje Prison.

 Kyari was remanded at the prison by a Federal High Court, but there was the fear that he might have been removed from the facility 
Kyari is standing trial in connection with dealing in cocaine alongside four members of his former police unit, the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), and two other persons who were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Enugu State, in January this year. 

But reacting to the development, Belgore said those behind the attack were Boko Haram terrorists who came specifically for their members kept in the custody.

He, however, said about 300 had been recaptured, while 300 were still at large.

He told reporters that an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was killed during the attack.

He said, “There have been several attacks on our facilities most of them are being repelled, but every now and then, there is one that they have succeeded. In this is one they came very determined with high explosives.

“The initial entry attempt was unsuccessful, then they attacked another section of the wall with higher grade explosives which brought the wall down.

“The forces on the ground did everything they could to repel them but the number they came with was high which they were not able to defend against. They kept on fighting gallantly unfortunately the breach happened. Reinforcement came when they were halfway through it. They were eventually repelled.

“At the time they came in they killed one NSCDC operative while trying to save the situation. The inmates here are 994.

“We understand they are Boko Haram terrorists and came specifically came for their conspirators. Many of them have returned, some were retrieved from the b

According to  Major General Bashir Magashi, the Minister of Defence, the terrorists stormed Kuje prison and attacked the facility with high calibre explosives.

"They came in with high explosives they attempted the initial entry with a very high explosive, but they were unsuccessful.

"Then they attacked another section of the wall with even higher grade explosive which brought the wall down. The forces on ground did everything they could to repel them but the numbers they came with was overwhelming which they were not able to fight against. But they kept on fighting gallantly, unfortunately the breach happened.

"The incident took about 30 minutes, then reinforcements arrived. The inmates here are about 994. And when they broke out, because this people came specifically, we understand they are Boko Haram, they came specifically for their co-conspirators, in order to get them, some of them are now in the general population. So they broke out and other people in that general population also escaped.

"But many of them have returned, they have reported themselves to the police, some we have successfully retrieved from the bushes were they were hiding. And right now we have retrieved about 300, out of about 600 that escaped their cells.

"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 said.

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