Kuje Prison Attack: 600 Inmates Escaped, 300 Rearrested — Defence Minister

About 600 inmates broke out of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, with about 300 inmates successfully rearrested from the bushes, the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has disclosed.

The defence minister stated this while briefing journalists during a visit to the scene of the attack on Wednesday. He said they suspect the attack to be from the Boko-Haram terrorist sect.

Magashi said, “They came in with high explosives they attempted the initial entry with a very high explosive, but they were unsuccessful.

“Then they attacked another section of the wall with even higher grade explosive which brought the wall down. The forces on ground did everything they could to repel them but the numbers they came with was overwhelming which they were not able to fight against. But they kept on fighting gallantly, unfortunately the breach happened.

“The incident took about 30 minutes, then reinforcements arrived. The inmates here are about 994. And when they broke out, because this people came specifically, we understand they are Boko Haram, they came specifically for their co-conspirators, in order to get them, some of them are now in the general population. So they broke out and other people in that general population also escaped.

“But many of them have returned, they have reported themselves to the police, some we have successfully retrieved from the bushes were they were hiding. And right now we have retrieved about 300, out of about 600 that escaped their cells.”

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