All 64 Boko Haram Suspects In Kuje Prison Escaped – Defence Minister

Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd).

The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), has confirmed that no Boko Haram suspect was found in the custodial centre after the attack on the facility, Tuesday.

Magashi disclosed this earlier today, 6 July, 2022, while addressing journalists after taking an assessment tour of the facility.

The Minister confirmed that “the attack started around 10:30pm. They came in their numbers gained entrance into the prison and they released some of the inmates and which we are now following to see the kind of inmates that they have released”.

He also assured that more information would be put out regarding the correct figure of the inmates that were taken, addibg that security agencies are doing all they can to ensure that all escapees are recaptured.

“The prison is accommodating about 994 inmates and over 600 escaped. Many people have been recaptured and brought back to the prison. Maybe by the close of the day, more will have been captured and returned.

“I think everything is under control. The people who came to do this activity, from the records, we believe they belong to a particular group. Most likely, they are Boko Haram members because we have sizeable number of Boko Haram suspects in detention, and presently we cannot locate any of them”.

“I think they are about 64 in the prison and none of them now is available, they have all escaped”, Magashi said.

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