- Questions have been asked over the whereabouts of suspended deputy commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari
- This follows the attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital by suspected Boko Haram terrorists
- Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Umar Abubakar has insisted that Kyari is not missing
Following the daring attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday evening of July 5, the whereabouts of suspended deputy commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, is generating controversy.
During the attack which lasted hours, many inmates were said to have escaped.
The Kuje prison is famous for holding high-profile inmates and suspects, including former governors and ministers who have been jailed for one crime or the other.
Punch Newspaper reports that a source at the correctional facilities claimed that the he has not seen the former police officer.
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He was quoted to have said:
“We have not seen him today. He didn’t also come for Subhi (early morning) prayer as usual. But I don’t know what is happening."
Another official, who preferred anonymity, said that the whereabouts of Kyari remained unknown to him as of 09.30am.
“I am sure he is not missing and he didn’t escape. But I don’t know where exactly he is,” the official said.
Going further, the news outfit said when contacted, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Umar Abubakar, said “Kyari is not missing”.
Abubakar also noted that Kyari has not been moved from the Kuje prison.
“He is still in our custody. Nothing happened to him. He has not been moved,” he told The PUNCH on the telephone.
'DCP Abba Kyari in our custody', official reacts to report of escape after terrorist attack on Kuje prison
Deadly armed robbers, kidnappers escape after Boko Haram attack Kuje prison
Meanwhile, the deadly attack on Kuje Correctional Centre on Tuesday, July 5 by suspected terrorists has been confirmed by the federal government.
According to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Mr Shuaibu Belgore about 600 inmates escaped from the facility.
Going further, he explained that over 300 of the inmates have been retrieved and more are on the way.