Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), on Wednesday confirmed that all the 64 Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) suspects in Kuje Correctional Facility were freed by their comrades who sacked the prison facility on Tuesday night.
General Magashi said during a press conference at the facility in Abuja that at the end of the invasion of the prison by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, 64 of their members who were inmates in the facility cannot be accounted for.
According to the Minister, “what actually happened, they came in their numbers and released some of the inmates. We are now trying to determine the kind of inmates they released.
“We are trying to see what we can do to see that all escapees within the prison accommodation are brought back to the prison yard.
“About 994 inmates, we have about 600 already inside now. Many people are being recaptured. The people who came to do this, from the records, belong to a particular group, from all indicators they are Boko haram.
“Presently we could not locate any of them. Currently, they are about 64 of them as inmates and we could not locate them.”