The Islamic State West Africa Province has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre ,Abuja where several inmates were freed.

The terrorists released 600 inmates including the people behind the Kaduna-Abuja train attack that occured on March 28.

They released a 30-second video which showed the gunmen setting ablaze vehicles parked in the facility.

It was gathered that the terrorists bombed the fence before gaining entry into the facility and also burned down vehicles and other equipment.

A two hour operation was reportedly carried out without any response from security agencies .

According to the spokesman, Nigeria Correctional Service, Umar Abubakar, an NSCDC officer, Insp. Illyasu Abraham, three terrorists and four inmates died in the incident.

He further stated 879 escaped during the attack, 551 inmates have been recaptured while 443 inmates are still at large.

The attacked facility houses many high profile criminals including a former Commander, Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, who is facing trial for drug dealing.

Also at the facility are the former Governors of Plateau and Taraba States, Joshua Dariye, Jolly Nyame and others pardoned by the Council of State in April.

President Muhammadu Buhari visited the centre after the incident , expressing shock and questioning the intelligence team.

 “How did the defences at the prison fail to prevent the attack? How many inmates were in the facility? How many of them can you account for? How many personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does the CCTV work?”

He has demanded a comprehensive report on the incident.


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