Former vice president Atiku Abubakar responded by expressing concern that the hardcore offenders who escaped the facility may cause more security issues in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In a tweet, he alleged that because Nigerians were unable to “establish a regime of law and order in which the arrest and punishment of criminals will be made a priority,” the nation’s security has continued to worsen.
I am concerned and saddened by reports of the attack on Kuje Prison by suspected terrorists.
My concern arises not only from the prospects of the escape of detained terrorists and hardened criminals but of its implications for the security of lives and property to residents of Abuja and its environs.
I wish to restate what I said on Monday that our inability to enthrone a regime of law and order in which the arrest and prosecution of criminals will be made a priority as a deterrent to copycats is the reason why insecurity continues to fester in our country.
I am concerned and saddened by reports of the attack on Kuje Prison by suspected terrorists. My concern arises not only from the prospects of the escape of detained terrorists and hardened criminals but of its implications
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) July 6, 2022
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi says 64 Boko Haram suspects escaped from the Kuje custodial after the attack on the facility on Tuesday night.
Addressing newsmen after taking an assessment tour of the facility, the Minister said the attack started around 10:30 pm with heavy gunfire and explosions.
He said they came in their numbers, gained entrance into the prison, and released some of the inmates who are now at large adding that some had been recaptured.
Very soon, we will give you the correct figure of the inmates that were taken, aside from that, we are trying to see what we can do to ensure that all escapees are returned.
The prison is accommodating about 994 inmates, over 600 escaped and many 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 and 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 a 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 is available now, they have all escaped.