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Boko Haram invades Kogi prison; frees inmates

Channels Television  
Updated February 16, 2012

Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Wednesday stormed the Nigeria Prison at Koton Karf in Kogi State, with bombs and guns, killing one prison warden and setting the inmates free.

Boko Haram invades Kogi prison; frees inmates

According to eyewitnesses, the prison invasion started immediately after Magrib prayers in the town neighbouring the nation’s capital city of Abuja.

Residents fled the area as the suspected sect members, numbering about 20 arrived the prison on motorcycle, firing weapons and detonating explosives in an operation that lasted for 30minutes.

A warden guarding the prison entrance was shot and killed on the spot while the gate was forced open with explosives.

The attackers had then made their way into the prison, shooting sporadically into the air to clear away ill armed prison officers.

Sources say the Boko Haram attackers were there specifically to free their members who were held in the prison; however, other prisoners took advantage of the situation, escaping the prison cells during the operation.

Meanwhile, the State Security Service (SSS), on Wednesday, declared an ex-soldier, Habibu Bama wanted in connection with Christmas Day bombing at St Theresa’s Church in Madalla, Niger State, where scores of people were reportedly killed.

It was also learnt that the re-arrested accomplice of the Christmas Day bombing, Kabiru Sokoto, reportedly revealed Bama’s identity to the service during interrogation