Prison comptroller killed, 127 prisoners set free in Adamawa attack

A policeman was amongst the 25 people killed in the attack.

The Nigerian Prison Service has confirmed the killing of the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Ganye Prison, Adamawa state, Baba Musa, and the release of 127 prison inmates in Friday’s attack on the facility.

The police also on Sunday confirmed that 25 persons were killed in the attack as earlier reported. One of the victims was a policeman, a spokesperson said.

Unknown gunmen attacked multiple targets in the town on Friday evening for over two hours, using explosives, rocket launchers and machine guns, residents said. Casualty figures and number of inmates released from prison were not very certain although witnesses suggested 25 people were killed.

The Adamawa state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yola that his force were overwhelmed by the deadly assailants who arrived the border town with powerful weapons that outmatched the police’s.

“Thirteen places were attacked, including the Divisional Police Station, DPO’s house, prison, beer palour, bank, library and courts,” he said.

Mr. Ibrahim said that the police could not contain the rampaging gunmen because they were armed with sophisticated weapons.

The Prison Comptroller in the state, Mr. Andrew Barka, said the 127 prisoners released by the gunmen escaped during the attack, corroborating the killing of the deputy comptroller.

“We lost a deputy comptroller, Baba Musa, in the attack and some parts of the prison were also destroyed.’’

Mr. Ibrahim said that none of the 127 inmates that escaped had been re-arrested.


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