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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  • shinesunny65

    If the policemen are well train they would have killed at least 3 of the bh invaders.sophisticted weapon is not an excuse for the not to aim a bh.i have seen mopol with gun,jump inside gutter for hearing a sound of gun.whereas they should have position themselve to repel the armed men.policemen only know how to kill armless citizen and accidental discharge.

  • Arinze

    Nigeria has gone to the dogs

  • Ayemi

    Honestly, stories like this make me laugh when news like this are reported in a country that has produced Nobel prize winner (s). When I see and read stories like this, the first questions that usually comes to my mind is; what is it that our elites (the so-called intellectuals) and politicians do with their experiences when they visit the western society. Why is it difficult for them to implement what they see there at home(Nigeria)? I mean in terms of infrastructures and security. The issue of “they came with sophisticated and powerful weapons” is just a flimsy excuse that is unacceptable. Why are the prison officials not been provided with sophisticated weapons to defend themselves in case things like happen? Then, how long are we going to tolerate this in this country? What is stopping us from using surveillance, biometrics and social security number in Nigeria? With these, no criminal will have any hidden place. If our governments do not have hands in all these criminal acts, then this is the right time to implement these.

  • Ayemi

    Honestly, stories like this make me laugh when news like this are reported in a country that has produced Nobel prize winner (s). When I see and read stories like this, the questions that usually come to my mind are; what is it that our elites (the so-called intellectuals) and politicians do with their experiences when they visit the western society. Why is it difficult for them to implement what they see there at home(Nigeria)? I mean in terms of infrastructures and security. The issue of “they came with sophisticated and powerful weapons” is just a flimsy excuse that is unacceptable. Why are the prison officials not been provided with sophisticated weapons to defend themselves in case things like happen? Then, how long are we going to tolerate this in this country? What is stopping us from using surveillance, biometrics and social security number in Nigeria? With these, no criminal will have any hidden place. If our governments do not have hands in all these criminal acts, then this is the right time to implement these.