Revealed: How bandits plotted Kuje prison attack

By AdvocateNews on 17/07/2022

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 482

The terrorists who carried out the July 5 attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abuja launched the invasion from Karishi, a hilly community on the outskirts of the city.

The terrorists had converged on a mountain in the area for about two weeks, perfecting their strategy for the attack, security sources said yesterday. Ok 

Karishi is about 65.6 kilometres away from the prisons.

Over 600 inmates of the custodial centre, including 64 high profile Boko Haram members, were set free by the gunmen, who also killed several people.

Sources said farmers around the hills had tipped off security agencies about strange movement involving an unusually large number of people suspected to be terrorists in the area.It was gathered that the tip-off was not immediately followed up on account of what was described as  previous false alarms raised by villagers in some of the communities around the FCT.

It was after the attack that it became clear that the bandits launched the attack from the Karishi Mountain.

A military source denied suggestions that the military got intelligence from the Department of State Services (DSS) on plot to attack the prison.

“What people should know is that the military is currently stretched thin and cannot solely undertake the responsibility of tackling the security situation in the country,” the source said.

He added: “For instance, there is nowhere in the world that it is the duty of the military to guard prisons.

“Since the attack of the prisons, we have heard all manner of conspiracy theories. 

“Some group alleged that the Military withdrew soldiers from their duty post at Kuje to pave the way for the bandits to attack the prison. That is absolute nonsense.

“Others have also claimed that the DSS gave the military intelligence before the attack, but that is also not true.

“The only thing that looked like intelligence was the reports from some farmers in Karishi about the convergence of a large number of bandits on a mountain in Karishi.

“But we were keeping surveillance and analysing the report when they attacked the prison.

“It was after the attack that it became clear what their mission was.

“Like I said, the military is doing everything possible to secure the country and protect the FCT from further attack.”

The military authorities have already set up a board of inquiry to ascertain what happened on that day and to know how it was possible for the terrorists to operate at the Kuje prison for several hours without any form of resistance.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Guards Brigade and Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain Godfrey Abakpa, confirmed the setting up of the board.

The panel, according to him, will identify “the root cause of the attack.”

But he added: “Nobody is being detained. Investigation is ongoing. Everybody is telling his own side of the story. It is not our job to guard prisons but we respond in support of civil authority.

“The board was set up because it happened within our area of responsibility. Checkpoints and patrols were ordered because some of the escapees are believed to be still around like the one arrested in (Garki) Area 1 Park.

“There should be no panic. There is the tendency that no such further attack will be possible with the arrangements in place”.

The Director Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, said the security agencies would not leave anything to chance.

“The security agencies are not sleeping. They are doing what needs to be done to keep the place safe. A lot of things are being done. Measures have been put in place.

“Of all the security agencies, none is sleeping,” he said.

Some of the fleeing prisons inmates have been arrested. (The Nation)

Posted 17/07/2022 03:56:29 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Man charged with plotting to kill Joe Biden...

This election is not over – Trump campaign...

UN confirms Boko Haram attack on Borno facilities...

Obasanjo, NUT, ASUU lament rising number of out-of-school...

Enugu govt distributes one million free face masks...


Nigeria will break up, North will suffer –...

Weapons Delay: Blame Military, your govt for weapons...

IPOB’s cattle meat boycott: Northern groups ban Igbo...

WAEC Examinations to commence on August 4 –...

We prepared for the difficult times – Ikpeazu...

PDP presidential aspirant holds closed-door meeting with Obasanjo...


Latest News Dangote workers shot as armed Kogi Vigilantes invade Obajana cement plant Nnamdi Kanu petitions Buhari to release him immediately Peter Obi: Igbo should be president — Falae BREAKING: Obi beats Tinubu, Atiku by 51% votes in new poll ahead 2023   Peter Obi: Arrest, prosecute Mahdi Shehu, Ohanaeze tells FG 2023: Obasanjo may support Peter Obi Edeoga: Can a pact breaker keep campaign promises? Over 13,000 APC members defect to PDP in Kaduna Umahi denies ordering police to teargas, attack Peter Obi’s supporters in Ebonyi 2023: North will vote massively for Peter Obi — Prophet El-Buba Senator Ubah: How I narrowly escaped assassins’ bullets Some people are after my life – Peter Obi, LP presidential candidate, alleges


Most Read Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (470,371 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (470,370 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (470,370 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (470,370 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (470,369 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (470,369 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (470,369 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (470,369 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (470,368 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (461,970 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (397,192 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (395,601 views)






There are no video entries posted yet.