Wed 06 July 2022:
According to a senior official, at least 300 prisoners were on the run after unknown gunmen attacked a jail in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, on Tuesday. One prisoner was killed and three others were injured in the incident.
About 600 prisoners were released after the attackers attacked the detention facility in the Kuja neighborhood, southwest of Abuja, on Tuesday night, but half of those who fled have already been recaptured, according to Shuaibu Begore, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior.
Begore revealed to media during a visit to the facility on Wednesday that one prisoner was killed and three others were injured in the attack, which was allegedly carried out by Boko Haram fighters.
A total of 994 inmates, including convicted Boko Haram conspirators and high-profile public officers standing trial or already convicted, were at the facility before the late Tuesday attack, he said.
“We understand they are Boko Haram terrorists and came specifically for their conspirators. Many of them are returned, some were retrieved from the bushes they were hiding. We have retrieved about 300 out of about 600 that got out of the jail,” the official said.
In a statement, Abubakar Umar, national spokesman for the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), said the attack was successfully repelled by security agencies.
“Calm has been restored to the facility, and the situation is under control,” Umar said.
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