101 suspected Boko Haram militants were released from the jail on Saturday morning, according to a source inside the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison in Lagos State.
The source claimed that as part of a trade deal with the terrorists for the release of travelers who were kidnapped in Kaduna on March 28, wardens at the facility allowed them to leave the medium and maximum security facilities.
The source said, “They secretly released 101 Boko Haram suspects at about 6 am. The negotiations had been ongoing for some months.
“We used to pray together. During prayers, they spoke Hausa, and they told me they would be going home by October.
“Early yesterday (Saturday) morning, they owned the cell door and called them out. They had returned their properties already.
“I used to speak with one Adamu in G3 cell. He is no longer here. He is tall and slim, and has a long face.
“They told me that their release was based on negotiations and the pressure their sponsors gave Buhari. They felt if they didn’t get released before a new president, who might not be their tribesman, took the seat, they might not be granted amnesty.
“The controller of corrections, Ben-Rabbi Freeman, had been there multiple times to meet with them.”
The source said the freed inmates knew of the Kuje jailbreak before it occurred, and had shared the details without mentioning specific dates.
This source also said the freed inmates did not usually associate themselves with other inmates unless they were Hausa speakers, and had been prepped on how to stay off the radar after their release.
“When they spoke about their release, I asked how I would reach them, and they said they had been warned not to open bank accounts and use mobile lines, as it would be easier to track them,” the source added.
The inmates released, according to this source, are:
Muhammad Tahir Mahmud Tchad
Yunusa Ibrahim Sabo
Muhammad Abba Mamman
Abdullahi Abubakar Mubi
Alhaji Abubakar Abubakar
Abu Barra Abubakar
Yusuf Muhammad Hamisu
Abubakar Na Tuka
Umaru Adamu Subari
Muhammad Nur Hassan
Baba Gana Musa