List of Popular Inmates at Kuje Prison Emerges after Terrorist Attack

July 07, 2022

FCT, Abuja – Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre, popularly known as Kuje Prison, located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was on Tuesday night, July 5, attacked by terrorists.

Hundreds of inmates, including all the Boko Haram members in custody, were freed in the attack.

Though there were media reports claiming some high-profile inmates also escaped, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Umar Abubakar, confirmed that they were still in custody.

Here are some prominent inmates at the prison as listed by Daily Trust.

Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari, Deputy Commissioner of Police and former head of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), over his alleged involvement in the 25 kg cocaine deal.

He is being remanded at the prison on the order of a Federal High Court. A federal high court had on March 28 remanded Kyari and four others at a correctional centre after their bail application was refused.

Joshua Dariye

Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau state was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being dragged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over money laundering and alleged diversion of about N1.26 billion.

The sentence was later appealed and eventually, the Supreme Court gave a final verdict of a 10 years sentence for the offence committed. He was serving his sentence in Kuje, but on April 14, 2022, the federal government granted him a presidential pardon.

However, he is still in custody while perfecting his exit, according to Daily Trust.

Peter Nwachukwu

Peter Nwachukwu is the husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi. A Federal Capital Territory High Court had ordered that he be remanded in Kuje Custodial Centre pending the hearing and determination of the alleged homicide charge filed against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Abdulrasheed Maina

Abdulrasheed Maina A former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team is being remanded at the Kuje Custodial Centre, pending the conclusion of his trial. He is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2bn money laundering charges.

Jolly Nyame

Jolly Nyame is a former governor of Taraba state. He was charged with N1.64 billion fraud and admitted to misappropriating N180 million out of N250 million meant for stationaries in Taraba state and offered to return the same.

Nyame was in 2018 convicted and sentenced to 14 years in Kuje prison. Like, Dariye, Nyame was also granted a presidential pardon, though he is still in custody.

Wadume Hamisu Bala

Wadume Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, is a kidnap kingpin. He was based in Taraba state but operated across the northern part of the country. He was arrested in August 2019 by the IRT and preliminary investigation revealed that he supplied arms and ammunition to terrorists.

Wadume was arraigned on June 8, 2020 along with six others on a 13 count-charge bordering on terrorism and remanded in Kuje.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment with the Intelligence system, following the terrorists’ attack on Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje.

After inspecting the attack scene on Wednesday, July 6, the president faulted the intelligence system at Kuje prison. “I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it,” he said.

Abba Kyari is still in custody. Umar Abubakar, NCoS’ spokesman

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) on Wednesday, July 6, said suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari is still in custody.

Umar Abubakar, NCoS’ spokesman, said Kyari was in custody amid widespread talk that the embattled police chief is nowhere to be found after the prison break, Daily Trust reports.

Abubakar categorically stated that Kyari and other VIPs held in the facility are not among the escapees, adding that they are presently in custody, hale, and hearty.

“A total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility during the unfortunate attack. As of the time of this report, 443 have been recaptured, 551 inmates are currently in custody, 443 inmates are still at large, 4 inmates are dead and 16 inmates sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at the moment. However, efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates.

“The Service will deploy its Corrections Information Management System (CIMS) in synergy with National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to track all fleeing inmates and return them to custody. This is also to confirm to the general public that DCP Abba Kyari and other VIPs held in the facility did not escape. They are presently in custody, hale, and hearty.

“Recall that after the attack at the Medium Custodial Centre in Agbolongo, Oyo state, the Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, met with the heads of the security agencies under his supervision where the idea of Joint Security Taskforce comprising the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps was formed to forstall further breaches on custodial facilities.

As at the time of the attack on the Kuje facility, we have 38 military personnel on ground in addition to the personnel of the Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, DSS, NSCDC, and our Armed Squad. This is the Minister’s efforts to rejig the security architecture of our facilities.”

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 had 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.

Kuje Prison has a minimum and maximum holding cells where inmates are incarcerated It is famous for holding high-profile inmates and suspects, including former governors, senators, business executives, and ministers.

However, on Tuesday, July 5, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen launched an attack on the facility freeing several inmates. The attack which lasted for hours – from about 10 pm – with incessant gunshots and explosions was resisted by military personnel and prison guards on duty.

Ministry of Interior react to Kuje prison attack Speaking while conducting an assessment of the facility after the attack, the permanent secretary of the ministry of interior, Shuaibu Belgore, confirmed that 600 inmates had escaped from the facility.

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