64 terror suspects, 17 in life jail escaped from Kuje Prison attack, Aregbesola reveals

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During an investigative hearing by the House of Representatives Joint Committee looking into the Kuje Custodial Centre attack, Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola affirmed that the security agents failed in countering the terrorists.

He revealed that the number of inmates that escaped on the day of the attack was 888, including 64 terror suspects.

The minister explained that out of the 888 escapees, 36 were on death row and 17 were on life imprisonment.

He stated:

“On the day of the invasion of (Kuje Custodial Centre), there was 31 military personnel of the Nigerian Army, five personnel of MPOL 21, five personnel of MOPOL 50, two personnel of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Nigeria Police, two personnel of Kuje Police Division, seven personnel of Nigeria Immigration, three personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and 10 personnel of correctional armed squad.

“These 65 people were there for specific responsibility of resisting and preventing any attack. And they were all armed. Because of the presence of the pressmen here, I would not tell you the grades of arsenals in their possession, but they were well armed.”

Aregbesola added:

“On the night of the attack, Kuje accommodated 994 inmates out of which 64 were terror suspects, Boko Haram, ISWAP, and others. No fewer than 888 inmates escaped during the attack, among them were 554 awaiting trial persons. 71 were convicts, 36 were on death row and 17 were on life imprisonment and 106 refused to leave the facility during the attack. About 28 inmates who left the facility, voluntarily returned between the 6th and 15th of July.”