- The Kuje Medium Security Custodial Center in Abuja was assaulted with explosives by gunmen on Tuesday night, according to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), which confirmed the attack on Wednesday
- On Wednesday evening, President Muhammadu Buhari visited the scene of the sad incident and faulted the intelligence system
- In a new development, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in reaction, claimed responsibility for the attack and even released a video to back up its claim
Legit.ng had reported how terrorists broke into the prison and released over 800 inmates, including high-profile suspects.
The video footage released by ISWAP
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In a footage on Wednesday night, July 6, the terrorist sect showed some of its men shooting their way into the facility.
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Tens of fighters were seen marching in groups while vehicles and building were on fire in the 38 seconds video.
An elderly man dressed in a native attire also joined the young men who were shouting on top of their voices.
The Islamic State’s A’maq Agency released the video with the caption: “Fighters of Islamic State attacked Kuje prison in Abuja yesterday and succeeded in freeing dozens of prisoners.”
The words were written in Arabic.
How Boko Haram attacked Kuje correctional facility in Abuja
Dare-devil gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group, yesterday night around 10pm laid siege to the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje Abuja, attacking the facility with explosive devices and sophisticated assault weapons.
The gunmen numbering about 300 according to eyewitnesses, rode motorcycles invading multiple military and police checkpoints in the city to successfully overpower a garrison of the Nigeria Army personnel and a contingent of Police formation who were deployed to provide perimeter security for the facility which holds high level convicts and dangerous criminals awaiting trial.
Residents of the sleepy town raised alarm around 10:20pm Tuesday night when they started hearing gunshots and explosions that shook windows and curtails blinds. They scampered for safety and fled for their lives in the attack that many initially thought was targeted at resident of Elrufai Estate, Kuje.
Kuje Prison attack: Big trouble as defence minister says all Boko Haram inmates have escaped
Boko Haram suspects detained in Kuje Prison in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have all escaped, according to Bashir Magashi, minister of defence.
The minister who blamed the attack on insurgents made this disturbing revelation on Wednesday, July 6, during a media briefing at the Abuja facility.
“What actually happened, they came in their numbers and released some of the inmates. We are now trying to set the kind of inmates they released.