The majority of the 700 inmates of the Kuje Correctional Facility in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, reportedly escaped.
It was also discovered that other convicts, including suspended deputy police commissioner Abba Kyari, who was remanded at the prison by a Federal High Court, had been moved from the facility.
Kyari is on trial for allegedly distributing cocaine along with the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), four former members of his police unit, and two other people who were detained at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Enugu State, in January of this year.
On Tuesday night, gunmen thought to be terrorists attacked the prison facility in the capital city of Nigeria. According to Reporters, the facility was destroyed by the heavy firepower the attackers brought with them.
According to numerous sources, the gunmen entered the building at 10 pm.
At the time this story was filed, information regarding the attack’s casualties was still unclear, although one of Reporters’ inside sources said that many prisoners managed to escape.
According to one of the reporters’ inside sources, “the area was entirely destroyed and all the convicts, including Abba Kyari, have left the prison for the time being.”
“It is disappointing that the majority of the detainees have fled from the prison. It has over 700 prisoners, “Added another source.
One of our informants had earlier said, “Can you hear the gunshot, we are under significant attack,” as the attack was taking place.
Established in 1989, the Kuje jail houses detainees in minimal and maximum holding cells.
It is well known for keeping prominent criminals, such as former governors and ministers.