In a 30-minute operation, Boko Haram yesterday raided the Koton-Karfi Prison in Kogi State, killing a security man and set members free.
The detained top shot of the sect, Abul Qaqa, is an Igala man from Kogi State.
It was the first time the dreaded Islamist sect would attack the North West state, even as the group and the Joint Task Force (JTF) were engaged in an hour gun battle in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Also yesterday, the State Security Service (SSS) declared an ex-soldier wanted in connection with the Christmas Day bombing at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State.
But in Kogi last night, the sect members stormed the prison at about 7p.m without any signal of the impending attack. Sources disclosed that they stormed the prison immediately after Magrib prayer. On arrival, the group opened fire on one of the securitymen at the gate and killed him on the spot. The source noted that the main gate of the prison was bombed by the sect’s members, numbering over 20.
Immediately they entered the premises, they shot sporadically to chase other prison officers away as they freed some of their suspected members. Other prisoners took advantage of the invasion and escaped immediately the attack was over. The source said the residents scampered for safety during the shooting.