A few days ago, the Kuje Correctional Centre was attacked by gun-brandishing terrorists, giving room for all the Boko Haram members in custody to escape. This attack came as a shock to Nigerians, including the President, who was disappointed with the intelligence system and left several questions unanswered.
The identities of the inmates who escaped from the prison are beginning to surface. In this article, we shall be featuring two notorious criminals who escaped from Kuje prison and might be a threat to society.
Al-Barnawi is the leader of the Ansaru terrorist group, a faction of the dreaded Boko Haram sect. He was the mastermind of the 2011 UN Headquarters attack in Abuja, which led to the deaths of about 18 people. According to the BBC, he was arrested on April 1, 2016 in Lokoja, Kogi State, after the US placed a $5 million bounty on his head and designated him as one of three Nigerian “specially designated global terrorists” in 2012.
Also, sources who spoke to the People’s Gazette, as reported by Sahara Reporters, claimed that the jailbreak was most likely engineered to free Al-Barnawi.
The escape of Al-Barnawi might be a threat to the country, especially the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna state, where the Ansaru terrorist group has been gaining ground in recent times.
Hamisu Wadume, a notorious kidnap kingpin and gun runner from Taraba state, was reportedly among the inmates that escaped from Kuje Prison during the attack by terrorists.
According to Premium Times, Wadume was earlier arrested by the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the IGP office on August 6, 2019 but was said to have been freed from police custody by the Balarabe-led troops.
With Wadume on the run, he might be a threat to society and may likely align with the terrorists who facilitated his release from Kuje Prison.
Citizens of the country are admonished to be cautious because these two criminals and many others are currently let loose.
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Source: Sahara Reporters, BBC, and Premium Times.