Two Nigerian Police Force personnel are currently being held in custody in connection with the raid of Kuje Prison in Abuja, according to Daily Trust.
The overwhelmed terrorists who took down security guards at the prison on Tuesday night freed approximately 800 prisoners, including all the Boko Haram suspects who were being held in custody.
The incident shocked the nation to its core.
President Muhammadu Buhari voiced dissatisfaction with the intelligence collecting method when he visited the scene on Wednesday.
“I am disappointed with the intelligence system. How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation, and get away with it? How did the defences at the prison fail to prevent the attack? How many inmates were in the facility? How many of them can you account for? How much personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does the CCTV work?” Buhari had asked.
The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) took responsibility for the attack after Buhari left Kuje.
The terrorist group showed several of its members shooting their way into the facility in a video on Wednesday night.
The 38-second footage showed dozens of fighters marching in formation while buildings and cars caught fire.
The young men who were shouting at the top of their lungs were joined by an older man dressed in native clothing.
The Islamic State’s A’maq Agency released the video with the caption: “Fighters of Islamic State attacked Kuje prison in Abuja yesterday and succeeded in freeing dozens of prisoners.”
According to a report by Daily Trust, the two police officers were apprehended after their communications with some of the escapees were overheard.
“Two of the terrorists that escaped called a police investigation officer (IPO) in one of our stations and spoke to him in a compromising manner… They are now being investigated to know their level of complicity,” the source said.