24 March 2013

Nigeria: 25 Dead, 127 Prisoners Escape in Adamawa Attack

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Unknown gunmen

The police on Sunday confirmed that 25 persons were killed during an attack on Ganye Town, the headquarters of Ganye Local Government Area in Adamawa by gunmen on Friday.

The Nigerian Prison Service also confirmed the killing of the Deputy Comptroller in charge of Ganye Prison, Malam Baba Musa, and the release of 127 prison inmates.

The Public Relations Office of the Police in Adamawa, DSP. Mohammed Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Yola that among those killed by the gunmen was a policeman.

"Thirteen places were attacked, including the Divisional Police Station, DPO's house, prison, beer palour, bank, library and courts," he stated.

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."

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

NAN recalls that the gunmen attacked Ganye, a border town at about 6 p.m. on Friday, in an operation that lasted more than two hours.

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