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All 64 Boko Haram suspects in Kuje Correctional Facility are missing after Tuesday night’s attack, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has said.

The minister made this known during a press conference at the facility in Abuja on Wednesday.

Damage at the facility

He said the attackers were Boko Haram insurgents and 64 of its members, who were inmates in the facility, could not be found.

“What actually happened, they came in their numbers and released some of the inmates,” he said.

” We are now trying to determine the kind of inmates they released.

“We are trying to see what we can do to see that all escapees within the prison accommodation are brought back to the prison yard.

“About 994 inmates, we have about 600 already inside now. Many people are being recaptured. The people who came to do this, from the records, belong to a particular group, from all indicators they are Boko haram.

“Presently we could not locate any of them. Currently, they are about 64 of them as inmates and we could not locate them.”

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