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Gunmen break Nigerian jail, free 170 inmates  print

Published on March 16, 2013 by   ·   8 Comments

Latest news reports said gunmen suspected to be either militants of the Boko Haram sect or members of a criminal gang have stormed a Nigerian prison in the town of Gwoza and freed 170 inmates.

The raid which happened Thursday night left a civilian casualty dead. He was killed by a stray bullet.

Gwoza is 130 kilometres to Maiduguri, the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency.

The gunmen arrived the prison in cars and on motorcycles and opened fire on the prison.

a Nigerian prison: Gwoza Prison stormed

a Nigerian prison: Gwoza Prison stormed

“There was a total of 170 inmates in the prison and all of them were freed by the gunmen who overwhelmed us with their superior fire power,” a prison warden involved in the shootout, who requested anonymity, told AFP.

“They set fire to the administrative building but spared the imates’ rooms which they broke into and set all of them free,” he said.

“A civilian was killed by a stray bullet during the shootout,” he added.

Resident Zakari Kyari said the gunmen had taken part in the evening prayer at a nearby mosque before storming the prison.

“Around 7:00 pm just after the prayers the gunmen opened fire on the prison, chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and the wardens returned gunfire which led to a shootout,” he said.

Two other residents gave a similar account of the prison raid.

The spokesman for the joint military task force in the area, Sagir Musa, said he was not aware of the attack.

It was not clear if the attackers were members of Boko Haram who have been blamed for scores of attacks in the area, or criminal gangs that also operate in the region.

On March 5, gunmen killed nine people, including two policemen in an overnight raid on a police station in Gwoza.

Nigeria has seen an upsurge in the Boko Haram insurgency in recent years. Violence blamed on the extremists has claimed some 3,000 lives in northern and central Nigeria.

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8 Comments for “Gunmen break Nigerian jail, free 170 inmates”

  1. MALLAM SHEHU

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
    ONLY IN NIGERIA. THE PROBLEM IS THAT NIGERIA WILL NEVER PROGRESS!
    I AM NOT CURSING NIGERIA, I AM JUST GIVING A STATEMENT OF FACTS, AND IF ANYONE IS REALISTIC, HE OR SHE WILL AGREE WITH ME. THOSE IN POWER WHO ARE CLUELESS WILL NOT GIVE PEOPLE WHO CAN BRING PROGRESSIVE CHANGE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EFFECT ANY CHANGE. AND THESE CLUELESS PEOPLE IN POWER ARE BREEDING ANOTHER SET OF CLUELESS, EVEN WORSE PEOPLE TO REPLACE THEM.
    IT IS JUST BEYOND MY IMAGINATION THE WAY THIS “BOKO HARAM” CARRY OUT THEIR OPERATIONS WITH EASE AND LESS RESISTANCES. THE EASY EXCUSE FOR THE CORRUPT AND USELESS SECURITY AGENCIES ARE; WE WERE OVERPOWER WITH SUPERIOR POWER!!! – NONSENSE!!!! EVEN IF YOU HAVE DANE GUN, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOOT SOMEONE DEAD IN SUCH ATTACH.

    • this is really unacceptable. something has to be done to the Nigerian security system. the Nigerian police and all security agencies in Nigeria have to rise up to the present security challenge we are facing in Nigeria

  2. Michael

    This is a disgrace to Nigeria. They must have conspired with the prison security guards.

  3. Larendo

    Mallam sheu, you are very stupid! Why do n’t you join one of these security agencies and make use of dane to stop this insurgency?IDIOT!!

  4. Mowapa

    Oga laredo, lets not be unnecessarily sentimental in the face of the truth;this is like the 10th(?) time Boko haram will try to break into a jail and security forces still don’t have a plan even at GWOZA( a known hot bed of Boko-haram) to stop this from happening. This is sheer incompetence,betrayal of public trust and irresponsibility when responsibility matters most.

    I am happy that the wardens returned gunfire-they are brave within the confines of available resources to them.

    The blame should go to the SSS/MOD/JSTF, there intelligence machinery is dead and nobody knows anything is about to happen till it happens.

    Criminals are roaming free,putting civilian at risk. we know dane gun cannot stop boko haram,but as least posting a number of armored personnel carriers and soldiers to all prisons within vulnerable area is simple idea that would certainly work.

  5. MALLAM SHEHU

    @LARENDO, YOU OBVIOUSLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH, SO THERE IS NO NEED FOR ME TO STOOP TO YOUR LEVEL. BUT, BELIEVE ME MY FRIEND, I KNOW WHAT I COMMENT ABOUT. I HAVE 25 YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN U.S., SO MY “MUMU” FRIEND, I KNOW WAY THAN YOU WILL EVER THINK OF.

  6. MALLAM SHEHU

    @LARENDO, YOU OBVIOUSLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH, SO THERE IS NO NEED FOR ME TO STOOP TO YOUR LEVEL. BUT, BELIEVE ME MY FRIEND, I KNOW WHAT I COMMENT ABOUT. I HAVE 25 YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN U.S., SO MY “MUMU” FRIEND, I KNOW WAY THAN YOU WILL EVER THINK OF.

  7. shinesunny65

    It is either the warder who is in charge of that prison is a muslim or the emir who live close to the prison plan it.bkh would not have access to the prison if there are no insider assistance.most nigerians do not understand that northern islam is fighting a jihad war to overthrow non believers.

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