A group of terrorists on Tuesday night attacked the Kuje Medium Custodial Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital with bombs in an apparent move to gain entry into the facility and free some of its members.
A high calibre bomb had first gone off at about 10:25 pm followed by a second and third blast as well as sporadic gunshots that residents into panic mode.
This newspaper gathered that the Nigerian Correctional Service NCS had earlier received intelligence reports that one of its facilities could come under attack.
The development comes shortly after an attack on the security team attached to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The attack on the security team, which occurred in Katsina earlier on Tuesday, left two persons injured.
However, the president was not in the convoy when the gunmen opened fire.
The security team was on its way to Katsina to prepare for a later visit by Buhari to Daura, his hometown, for the forthcoming Sallah celebration.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, confirmed the shooting in a statement on Tuesday.
Mr Shehu, who described the incident as ‘sad’ said the attack occurred “near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.”
The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.
Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura.
The advance team are believed to have travelled to Katsina to await the trip of Mr Buhari to the state for the Islamic Eid-el-Kabir festival.