President Muhammed Buhari visited the Kuje prison in Abuja where there was a prison attack at the Kuje Prison, Abuja. Reports have it that over 600 prisoners escaped during the Kuje attack.
The President is visiting the scene before his departure to Dakar, Senegal to receive a National honour from the country.
Giving details of the attack, the Nigeria Correction Service’s spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, said one Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel and four inmates died during the incident.
In a statement on the Kuje attack, Abubakar said the terrorists used explosives on the center’s fence and its main entrance to gain access to the facility.
He said 879 inmates escaped during the Kuje attack while 443 had been recaptured and 551 are still at large.
“A total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack. As at the time of this report, 443 have been recaptured, 551 inmates are currently in custody, 443 inmates are still at large, 4 inmates dead and 16 inmates sustained various degree of injuries and are being treated at the moment. However, efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates.