6th July, 2022
A motley of dangerous criminals escaped from Kuje Prison in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja Tuesday night, following an almost three-hour terrorists’ attack.
An inside source said terrorists, kidnappers, robbers, murderers were among the jail breakers, with securitymen guarding the facility scampering into safety.
“All soldiers and prison officials escaped. All doors were broken by the terrorists and all criminals escaped”, the source said.
The inmates who did not escape include disgraced deputy police commissioner, Abba Kyari, Governor Jolly Tanko and other senior citizens incarcerated in the facility.
“The terrorists kept chanting Allahu Akbar from the beginning to the end of the operations”, the source said.
According to reports the facility has been completely ruined by the terrorists, with the remaining inmates moved out this morning. .
Details about the casualties suffered in the attack were still sketchy.
Hours after the attack, neither the Nigerian Correctional Service nor the Minister of Interior has made any detailed statement.
A spokesman for the Correctional Service A.D. Umar, confirmed that gunmen had attacked the Kuje facility but that normalcy had been restored after security agencies intervened.
“I wish to confirm that about 2200hrs, some yet to be identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory,” Umar said.
“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.
“Details will be made available soon”, he said.
Kuje Prison was established in 1989.
It is famous for holding high-profile offenders, including former governors and ministers.