President Muhammadu Buhari says he can’t wrap his head around how terrorists were able to get away with their attack on Kuje prison.
Buhari tabled his disappointment in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Saddened by the attack on the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje. I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organize, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it? I am expecting a comprehensive report on this shocking incident,” the president, who rarely condemned his officials, said.
At least 443 inmates who escaped from the prison in Abuja are still at large, an official has said.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Umar Abubakar, Wednesday afternoon provided more details about the attack on the custodial facility in Kuje, Abuja.
He said one security official (a member of the civil defence, NSCDC) and four inmates were killed in the Tuesday night attack.
“A total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack. As of the time of this report, 443 have been recaptured, 551 inmates are currently in custody, 443 inmates are still at large, 4 inmates are dead and 16 inmates sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at the moment. However, efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates,” Mr Abubakar wrote in a statement sent to journalists.
Buhari, who is expected to jet out to Senegal for an international summit, visited the scene on Wednesday.