Late on Tuesday night, there was a terrifying attack at the Kuje Prison.
As at the early hours on Wednesday, it was still not clear what had transpired, however, the authorities and witnesses have been dishing out information regarding the attack which again has left many Nigerians questioning what really is going on in the country.
Having continued to diligently follow the breaking story and emerging new developments, we bring you seven major things which we have learnt so far.
Kuje Prison Attack: How Terrorists Attacked Kuje Prison & Freed 150 Boko Haram Fighters
In a statement released by NCoS spokes man, Umar Abubakar, it was revealed that the attackers broke into the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje using explosive devices through the main entrance and the fence of the facility respectively, it was in this attempt that a security personnel was killed.
It read, “In furtherance to my earlier press release on the unfortunate attack by gunmen suspected to be terrorists, I wish to state that the attackers broke into the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje using explosive devices through the main entrance and the fence of the facility respectively, killing a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Custodial Centre and living three (3) personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service seriously injured.”
He added that a total of 16 inmates and three custodial officers were injured during the attack.
Umar, however, said 879 inmates escaped from the facility while 443 had been recaptured and 551 are still at large.
He said the service would collaborate with the National Identity Management Commission to track all the fleeing inmates.
Umaru added “A total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack. As at the time of this report, 443 have been recaptured, 551 inmates are currently in custody, 443 inmates are still at large, 4 inmates dead and 16 inmates sustained various degree of injuries and are being treated at the moment. However, efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates.
“The Service will deploy its Corrections Information Management System in synergy with National Identity Management Commission to track all fleeing inmates and return them to custody.”
He also dismissed claims that DCP Abba Kyari escaped from the center during the attack.