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FG: Boko Haram Behind Attack On Kuje Prison



The Minister of Defence, Major Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) has said that the deadly attack on the Kuje Medium Custodial Centre on Tuesday night was carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents.

According to him, he came to the conclusion after studying the patterns of the attacks and also monitored those who escaped from the facility.

Briefing reporters, the Minister disclosed that 64 members of the deadly group escaped after the attack was launched against the facility.

He, however, assured that the soldiers from the Brigades of Guards quelled the attack and had given room for peace and order in the environment.

The Minister, who visited the Kuje facility with other security Chiefs, said, “We are now trying to see what we can do to ensure that all escapees are brought back.”

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He said all security personnel within the facility responded in equal measure to the attackers but the attackers came in large numbers.

According to him, “From the records, they belong to a particular group. The Boko Haram insurgent group. And all of them inside the facility have escaped.

“But the situation is under control and that’s why you see people going about their normal business activities. We called for reinforcement and the Brigades of Guards are here, and have taken control.

“We have recovered some of those who escaped. I saw about 200 of them. And some did not leave the facility. Many are still being re-arrested, and hopefully by the close of the day everything will be brought under control.”

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