Attackers of Kuje Prisons in Abuja Tuesday killed an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Interior, said Wednesday.
Dr Shuaib Belgore added that at least 600 inmates of Kuje Prisons escaped from the custody of Ngerian Correctional Service during that attack.
He stated this while addressing newsmen in Abuja.
He alleged that the masterminds of the attack were Boko Haram terrorists who were on a mission to rescue their members held in the custody.
He further disclosed that an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was killed during the attack.
Quoting him, “There have been several attacks on our facilities most of them are being repelled, but every now and then, there is one that they have succeeded. In this is one they came very determined with high explosives.
“The initial entry attempt was unsuccessful, then they attacked another section of the wall with higher grade explosives which brought the wall down.
“The forces on the ground did everything they could to repel them, but the number they came with was high which they were not able to defend against. They kept on fighting gallantly unfortunately the breach happened.
“Reinforcement came when they were halfway through it. They were eventually repelled.
“At the time they came in they killed one NSCDC operative while trying to save the situation. The inmates here are 994.
“We understand they are Boko Haram terrorists and specifically came for their conspirators. Many of them have returned, some were retrieved from the bushes they were hiding.
“Right now, we have retrieved about 300 out of about 600 that got out of the jail.”