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Controversy trailed the last Wednesday boko Haram attack on Koton Karfe Prison in Kogi State as Ninety-three of the 115 inmates were yet to be re-arrested.But, the comptroller-General [CG] of the Prison, Zakari Ohinoyi Ibrahim denied that the attack on the prison was done by members of boko Haram.
The Islamic militants said that the reason why they attacked the prison was to free seven boko haram of the inmates.
Boko Haram spokesman Qaqa said “We staged the operation to rescue seven of our members there and Allah made it possible for the operation to be successful,” a man who goes by the name Abul Qaqa, and claims to speak on behalf of Boko Haram, told reporters in a conference call. They are safely in one of our camps,”
“The invaders came at about 7.15 pm (1815 GMT) on Wednesday and we suspected they used explosives to bring down the gate of the prison and the roof of the gate and thereafter set free 119 inmates,” said prison authority spokesman Hadiza Aminu.
Security operatives have re-arrested 15 of the inmates,Ibrahim said “About 100 prisoners escaped during the Boko Haram attack. Another 25 would have escaped but were prevented by security personnel.
“As we speak 15 of the escaped inmates have been rearrested.
“He will brief the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, and I think the minister will later brief the media on the unfortunate incident.”
The prisoners broke jail on Wednesday following an attack on the prison by Boko Haram men, who blew up the gate with dynamite. A prison warder was shot dead. Many others were injured in the dusk attack.
Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds in bomb and gun attacks, was behind a prison break in Bauchi state in 2010, when about 700 prisoners were freed.
He said there were no Boko Haram members being held in the prison in Koton Karfi, which is about 100 kilometres Abuja.