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Kuje prison attack; how terrorists use explosive, 5 dead, 19 injured, 443 inmates still at large ~Spokesman

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The terrorist attack on Kuje custodial centre lead to the killing of One Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel while four inmates have been confirmed dead during the attack.

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists had attacked the centre and freed inmates including 64 of their members held in the custody in the attack that lasted hours on Tuesday night.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Service spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, said the terrorists used explosives on the centre’s fence and its main entrance to gain access to the facility.

“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,” Abubakar said.

He added that a total of 16 inmates and three custodial officers were injured during the attack.

Abubakar, however, said 879 inmates escaped from the facility while 443 had been recaptured and 551 currently in custody while are still at large.

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He said the service would collaborate with the National Identity Management Commission to track all the fleeing inmates.

“A total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack. As of 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.”

However, the calculation done by the spokesperson does not tally as the Global Financial Digest believed that 436 inmates may still be at large contrary to the figure released by the prison authority, going by the figure provided.

In the statement released by the prison official, 879 inmates escaped while 443 were recaptured, leaving around 436 inmates at large or yet to be captured going by our calculations.

He also dismissed claims that Abba Kyari escaped from the centre during the attack.

“This is also to confirm to the general public that DCP Abba Kyari and other VIPs held in the facility did not escape. They are presently in custody, hale and hearty.

“The public is also informed that some of the attackers were killed while some escaped with gunshot wounds. We, therefore, appeal to hospitals and other medical institutions and practitioners to report anyone that comes to them for treatment for gunshot injuries to the nearest law enforcement agency,” the prison spokesman said.

Meanwhile, President Mohammadu Buhari visited the scene of the attack in the company of the inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Baba and the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Haliru Nababa.

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