Boko Haram warned before attacking Ganye prison- residents

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The attack occurred on Friday evening in Ganye, Adamawa State.

Residents of Ganye in Adamawa State say the Boko Haram insurgents warned residents before Friday’s attack on the prison in the town.

Several prisoners were reportedly freed on Friday evening when gunmen, believed to be members of the sect, attacked Ganye Prison.

Prison and police officials are yet to give official figures of the escaped prisoners and inmates although some residents of the area say the prison had about 170 inmates.

The gunmen also attacked a police station and a branch of First Bank in the town.

A resident said the Boko Haram had earlier warned residents to steer clear of the area.

“There were rumours earlier on Friday that Boko Haram sent message that they will raid the prison and free their members who are in captivity there,” the source said.

He added that no one took the matter seriously until around 4 p.m. when “we started hearing sporadic gunshots in town,” he said.

The resident who did not want his name mentioned for security reasons also said there were rumours being circulated among residents via cell phones that a prominent politician based in the town may have been hit during the attack

“This remains a rumour until tomorrow because as I speak with you now, everyone is inside their houses, so no one can tell you for sure what the reality of the situation,” he said.

The Boko Haram have successfully carried out prison raids in many parts of Northern Nigeria including the Nigerian capital, Abuja; freeing several of their members.

Meanwhile, residents of Jimeta, the political capital of Adamawa State are also reporting sporadic gunshots in the city centre.

A resident told PREMIUM TIMES on phone that “right now I can hear gunshot around the New Nigeria area, but a friend told me some people riding on a car were just shooting in the air and moving ostensibly. To clear the road; I suspect they are armed robbers.”

The Adamawa State Police spokesperson, Ibrahim Mohammed, could still not be reached as his phone is switched off.

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Reports from Adamawa State say gunmen have attacked a prison and police station in Ganye Town, Adamawa State.
A resident informed PREMIUM TIMES that the attackers used explosives to bomb the prison and the main police station in the town. Several inmates were reportedly freed.

The source said that exchange of gunfire was still going on at 7:30 p.m. and most residents have gone indoors.
The attackers also attacked a First Bank branch in the town.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of the police in Adamawa has been unsuccessful.


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