Gunmen, last night attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the Nigerian Correctional Service has since confirmed the attack.
In a statement issued early on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Umar Abubakar, the Correctional Service said the armed squad of the service in collaboration with other security agencies responded to the attack.
The statement read, “I wish to confirm that at about 2200hrs, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, in the Federal Capital Territory.
“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial Centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.
“Other details will be made available soon.”
Nigerians on Twitter have been reacting since the news broke last night
See the reactions below:
Unknown Gunmen have gotten to Abuja? And they helped Boko Haram members escape from Kuje prison? What has Nigeria become? Is anyone in charge of this country? And when Gov Ortom said bandits could overrun Aso Rock and Abuja on Channels, he was almost yanked off air!#TableShaker
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) July 6, 2022
The attacks on Kuje prisons and the President convoy sums it up;a daring and crippling evil bursting the impenetrable fortress of the state.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) July 6, 2022
Abuja's Kuje prison attacked & bombed.
President's convoy attacked.
45 people killed in attack in Niger.
90 people killed in attack in Zamfara.
50 people killed in attack on Church in Ondo.
We are now the worlds mass murder & terrorism capital!
This is INDEFENSIBLE!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 6, 2022
While we condemn in strong terms, the dastardly attack in Kuje Prison, & the attack on our Dear President Buhari’s convoy by the Boko Haram, we urge the president & his aides to be law abiding, & go about their normal business. We urge them not to take laws into their hands.
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) July 6, 2022
While the president convoy was getting attacked in Katsina by a set of bandits , another set of bandits where attacking Kuje prison. If this is not failure in governance, then I don’t know what failure is
— Sarki. (@Waspapping_) July 5, 2022
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