The terrorists who freed their partners in crime from Abuja-based Kuje prison came with weapons superior to what the soldiers on ground had to manage.
This is according to a soldier cited by TheCable in a report this morning.
The Kuje correctional facility, situated in the federal capital territory (FCT) was attacked on Tuesday night and many inmates — including “all Boko Haram suspects” — escaped.
Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, said the attackers are members of the Boko Haram who came to free their comrades who were detained in the facility.
Abubakar Umar, Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) spokesperson, said a total of 879 inmates escaped and that security operatives have recaptured 443 of them.
Emmanuel Abiodun, a resident of Kuje, said they began hearing “heavy gunshots” around 10:15pm, followed by explosions that lasted more than two hours.
An army officer at the facility told said that 30 soldiers were deployed to the prison facility less than 24 hours before the attackers arrived.
He said, according to practice, soldiers guarding the facility are always redeployed every month and that his batch had yet to be familiarised with the area before the attackers struck.
The soldier, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the attackers raided the facility with general-purpose machine guns (GMP).
“Our guns do not match their own. They used grenades and other explosives to bomb the building where the inmates were kept,” he added.