Monday, 25 June 2012
Members of Boko Haram attack Damaturu prison; free 40 inmates
Suspected members of the extremist group, Boko Haram on Sunday attacked the Damaturu satellite prison and freed forty of their members detained at the prison.
According to a prison officer, the attackers throw two explosives and open fire at the guards on duty, forcing their way into the prison.
The Yobe State Commissioner of police, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the attack to Channels Television’s Correspondent in Yobe said forty prisoners were freed during the attack.
Mr Egbuniwe said the combine efforts of the police officers and prison wardens engaged the gunmen in exchange of gunfire, killing one inmate while a warden sustained injuries in the process.
As at the time of this report Mr Egbuniwe said a combine team of the Police and Army are after the attackers who he said have fled to Bundigari and Pawari wards of Damaturu, the state capital.
The latest attack is the second on a prison facility in the state with the first at Damagum, Fune Local Government in March this year where 14 inmates were freed by members of the sect.
Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed hundreds, mainly in the Northern part of Nigeria.
On Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan sacked both the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Defence in a bid to strengthen the nation’s security system amid fire of increasing terrorism in the country.