We did not escape when terrorists invaded Kuje Prison – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS), Thursday, said that none of its personnel escaped from Kuje prison, in the aftermath of the attack on the facility on Tuesday night.

According to the spokesman of the organization, Mr. Peter Afunanya, the claime by a suspect, who was reportedly arrested, that he was an officer of the DSS was not true.

The said suspect was reportedly apprehended by Nigeria Correctional Service operatives near Kwali after a chase.

The man had claimed to be carrying out a special mission in the forest, when accosted by farmers, who earlier saw him, while he was escaping.

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is disappointed with the intelligence system and utilisation at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in Abuja.

He said this on Wednesday while speaking to journalists during his visit to the correctional facility which came under attack by terrorists last night.

“I am disappointed with the intelligence system,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. “How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?”

Soon after he arrived at the facility, the President was briefed about the attack by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, and the Controller General of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Haliru Nababa.

Both men showed President Buhari the bombed-out section and the records office, which was set on fire, adding that the invaders thereafter launched an attack on all cells in which Boko Haram terrorists were held.

He was also apprised that, at the end of the attack, none of the 63 terrorists were accounted for, but the records were not lost because they had been backed up.

The President was also informed that the security forces have recaptured 350 of the escapees while about 450 others were still unaccounted for, and that rapid work was underway to recapture them.

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