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Gunmen storm Kogi prison, kill guard, free inmates – Peoples Daily

Some armed bandits suspected to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect code named Boko Haram yesterday evening stormed the Federal Prisons at Koton-Karfe, Kogi state where they killed the prison warden and freed prison inmates.

It was reliably gathered that the armed bandits had stormed the prison at about 7 pm without any notice.

Sources close to the area told our correspondent that the men attacked the prison immediately after the “Magrib” (sunset) prayers and unleashed havoc.

According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen opened fire on one of the securitymen at the entrance of the prison killing him on the spot.

The sources disclosed that the main gate of the prison was bombed by the gunmen numbering about 20. Afterwards, they moved into the prison and shot sporadically to chase other prisons officers away as they freed some of their alleged members who were inmates in the cells.

The sources further hinted that other prisoners took the advantage and escaped immediately the attack was over.

Our correspondent further gathered from one of the prisons officers who declined identification that the sect members went in full force as they parked their vehicles very far from the prison and stormed the place on motor bikes.

He said members of the community who lived closed to the prison ran for their lives on hearing the shootings, adding that the operation lasted for about 30 minutes.

The police Public Relations Officer in Kogi state, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi who could not give details of the attack, said he was still awaiting detailed information, but Prisons PRO, Sesan Ajayi told journalists that they lost one of their members.

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