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General News of Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Over 600 inmates escape from Kuje prison

Kuje Prison Kuje Prison

Following the attack on Kuje prison on Tuesday night, over 600 inmates are reported to have fled the prison.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the persons behind the attack have been identified as Boko Haram terrorists.

He said that the terrorists came for their members held in the custody. Belgore however, disclosed that about 300 inmates have been recaptured whiles 300 are still at large.

Whiles addressing the media, he noted that an operative of the Security and Civil Defence Corps was killed during the attack.

“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 bushes they were hiding, right now we have retrieved about 300 out of about 600 that got out of the jail,” he said.

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