Individuals suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on Friday blew up the prison in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, setting free all the prisoners and killing at least one civilian in the process.
So far, an official confirmation of the actual number of casualties could not be ascertained as the Commissioner of Police, Yuguda Abdullahi, could not be reached. Also, attempts to get prison officials in Maiduguri to know the specific number of prisoners that escaped did not yield results.
Residents and other witnesses have however, reported that the gunmen attacked the prison between 7.00 p.m. and freed all the prisoners: “We were just coming out of the mosque when we heard the sound of heavy explosion and gunfire around the palace. We all ran to our homes only to come out this morning and learn that the Boko Haram group came and blew the prison and freed all the prisoners,” some of them said.