Friday, 15 March 2013
Boko Haram Attacks Prison, Frees All Inmates....
Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Friday blew up the prison in Gwoza Local Government, setting free all the prisoners.
Saturday Tribune learnt that a civilian around the emir’s palace, where the prison is located, was killed by the gunmen while they were freeing the prisoners.
However, an official confirmation of the actual number of casualties could not be obtained in Maiduguri, as the Commissioner of Police, Yuguda Abdullahi, could not be reached on his telephone line. Also, attempts to get prison officials in Maiduguri to know the specific number of prisoners that escaped did not yield results.
Residents however, told the Saturday Tribune on telephone that the gunmen attacked the prison between 7.00 p.m. and freed all the prisoners.
“We were just coming out of the mosque when we heard the sound of heavy explosion and gunfire around the palace. We all ran to our homes only to come out this morning and learn that the Boko Haram group came and blew the prison and freed all the prisoners,” Malam Isah Yawulbi said.