Daredevil gunmen suspected of being members of the feared terrorist group Boko Haram besieged the Kuje Abuja Medium Security Prison around 10:00pm last night and attacked the facility with explosive and sophisticated assault weapon devices .
The armed men, according to eyewitnesses, rode motorcycles and entered several military and police checkpoints in the city, successfully subduing a Nigerian army garrison and contingent of the police formation deployed to provide perimeter security for the facility where high-profile convicts and dangerous criminals await trial.
Residents of the sleepy town countered on Tuesday 10:20 p.m. alarm night when they began to hear gunshots and explosions, shattering windows and restricting blinds. They rushed to safety, fleeing for their lives in the attack that many initially thought was aimed at the resident of the Elrufai estate in Kuje.
NSDCC officer at killed defending the facility
The attackers entered the facility with large caliber weapons, maiming, burning and bombing their way through obstacles and attempts by armed personnel on duty to launch the attack to fend off At the end of the siege, a statement by Prison Service Public Relations Officer Umar Abubakar revealed that a total of 879 inmates escaped the facility, although 443 were recaptured. 551 inmates are currently at the facility with 4 inmates dead and 16 inmates injured of varying degrees of severity and currently receiving treatment. An officer from the NSCDC also paid the highest price, while at least 8 officers from the Nigerian Correctional Service suffered injuries of varying degrees.
Kuje has experienced a high level of insecurity in recent months. Kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery and ritual killing are now commonplace. Just two weeks ago, the body of Hussani Aliyu Takuma was recovered by police from his farm after he was brutally murdered.
Nigerian police and military have since contacted her Staff doubles stationed in and around Kuje and other neighboring satellite cities coming to Abuja. However, the numerous attackers at the Kuje Correctional Facility eluded the watchful eyes of the security apparatus and operated for an hour, evading arrest by the state.
After the attack on the Nigerian Correctional Center in Abolongo In Oyo state, the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, which oversees the agency, ordered all detention centers in the country to be fortified by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC. It also wrote and sought cooperation with the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Police to provide additional security coverage of facilities across the country.
The Kuje Correctional Center are permanently stationed , an armored tank, platoons of soldiers, mobile police officers, with armed officers from the NSCDC, men from the Ministry of State Security and NCoS providing perimeter security support.
At the Zum At the time of the attack, 38 military personnel were on site, in addition to men from the Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, DSS and an armed unit from the Correctional Service.
Minister of Defense conducting surveillance The military and other senior government officials paid an inspection visit to the center on Wednesday and said the attackers had come in with explosives to inspect to attack a section of the perimeter wall.
” The incident lasted about 30 minutes, then reinforcements arrived. The inmates here are about 994. And when they broke out, because these people came specifically, we understand they are Boko Haram, they came specifically for their co-conspirators, to get them, they broke out other people from the general population with them escaped,” Defense Minister Maj Gen Bashir Mgashi (rtd) was quoted as saying.
A security expert and retired intelligence officer, Mr. Mohammed Bashir, noted that the attack on Kuje Detention Center was about goes beyond the Nigerian state’s ability to adequately secure inmates, but calls into question the Nigerian state’s overall security architecture seat of power. Even as you drive to Kuje, Kubwa, Gwagwalada and surroundings you see them setting up checkpoints. So how can the attackers sneak in undetected with their weapons and exit unharmed? It calls into question the entire security architecture of the Nigerian state as it is too close to the seat of power in Nigeria,” noted Mr. Bashor.