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President Muhammadu Buhari visits Kuje Prison as 443 inmates are still at large

BoomRadioNG | July 6, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has today visited the recently attacked Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, the federal capital territory.

It had been earlier reported that the holding facility had come under attack less than 24 hours ago by gunmen who freed hundreds of inmates, including 64 Boko Haram members being held in custody.



President Muhammadu Buhari visits Kuje Prison
photo credit: Presidency


Shortly before the President’s arrival, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, had told journalists that there were strong indications that terrorists invaded the facility to free their members.

He had also stated that the Federal Government was working hard to ensure that other fleeing inmates were being recaptured and brought back to the facility.

Also, according to the statement released by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Abubakar Umar of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), a total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate incident.

Mr. Umar also revealed that four inmates of the Kuje Custodial Centre died during the course of the incident.

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) stated 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.



President Muhammadu Buhari visits Kuje Prison
photo credit: Presidency


Umar stated a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Custodial Centre was killed and three other personnel of the NCoS were seriously injured.

His statement read in part “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.

“Four inmates are dead and 16 inmates sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at the moment. However, efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates.”

According to the statement, the NCoS will deploy its Corrections Information Management System (CIMS) in synergy with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to track all fleeing inmates and return them to custody.

“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,” they urged.

Written by BoomRadioNG


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