Nigeria’s Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, says all the the 64 members of the Boko Haram terrorists in Kuje correctional centre, Abuja, escaped during Tuesday’s attack on the facility by insurgents.
Terrorists suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents had on Tuesday around 10:26 p.m invaded the prison premises, with bomb explosions and gun shots heard from the direction of the correctional centre located in the nation’s capital.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Defence Minister, Magashi, said the attackers are most likely Boko Haram terrorists.
He explained that the jail have a sizeable number of Boko Harams in its detention, adding that the attackers apparently invaded the prison to free their members being held in the facility.
“Most likely, they are Boko Haram because we have a sizeable number of Boko Harams that are in detention.
“Presently, we could not locate any of them. I think there are about 64 Boko Haram (members) in prison, they have all escaped,'” Magashi said.
He assured that the government and the security agencies are working hard to to ensure that other fleeing inmates were being recaptured and kept back in the facility.
He explained that out of the 994 inmate escapees, 600 have been recaptured and brought back to the centre.
“We are trying to see what we can do to ensure that all the escapees are brought back to the prison yard. I think the prison is an accommodation for about 994 inmate escapees.
“We have 600 already inside now and many people are being captured and brought back to the prison. Maybe by the close of the day, more would have been captured. I think everything is under control,” the minister said.