Worrisome news has leaked to the Nigerian public over the possible escape of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari and other inmates after the attack on the Kuje correctional facility.

Here’s why?
Kuje prison is a correctional center in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. It is known for holding high-profile inmates or suspected offenders awaiting trial. It is the current home of Abba Kyari, former Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye, and the former Taraba state counterpart, Jolly Nyame.

  • Following the attack on Kuje prison, different unnamed sources inside the prison have said that over 300 inmates were missing from the prison.
  • Another prison official said that Abba Kyari and his compatriots missed their customary early morning prayers. 

Quick catch up 

  • Abba Kyari and his compatriots Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agrigba, and John Nuhu were arrested for crimes relating to drugs, extortion, misconduct and abuse of power.  
  • These charges were the basis upon which the Attorney General of Nigeria granted the extradition request for Abba Kyari by the United States government. 
  • In the meantime, Abba Kyari and his cohorts have had their bail application denied with their trials still ongoing while two of the former DCP’s alleged partners have pleaded guilty and received a six-year sentence. 

What you should know 
The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) confirmed the attack on Kuje prison but not the escape of the inmates. 

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