The Islamic State’s West Africa Province has claimed responsibility for a dastard attack on Kuje prison in Abuja where about 600 inmates escaped on Tuesday night.
Premium Politics had reported that terrorists late Tuesday stormed the Kuje Correctional Centre where they freed several inmates.
On Wednesday, Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, revealed that 64 Boko Haram suspects in the prison had been freed by the terrorists.
Claiming responsibility for the attack, ISWAP shared a video which showed some of its men shooting their way into the facility.
Tens of fighters were seen marching in groups while vehicles and buildings were on fire in the 38 seconds video.
An elderly man dressed in native attire also joined the young men who were shouting on top of their voices.
The Islamic State’s A’maq Agency released the video with the caption, ‘Fighters of Islamic State attacked Kuje prison in Abuja yesterday and succeeded in freeing dozens of prisoners’.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had on Wednesday visited the scene of the attack, shortly before his trip overseas.
“I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it? How did the defences at the prison fail to prevent the attack? How many inmates were in the facility? How many of them can you account for? How many personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does the CCTV work?” Buhari had asked.