Arising from the terrorist attack that happened in Kuje prison late Tuesday night, soldiers manning strategic checkpoints in and out of the city, have currently blocked motorists from leaving and entering the city.
Passengers were seen alighting from their respective vehicles to start trekking back to their homes. A passenger humorously called his wife to prepare semovita for him as there were no movements in the city for the past one hour.
Private motorists and commercial vehicles altogether made a U-turn back to the city until calm was restored once and for all.
Areas observed saw the Kuje road leading to the airport road highway barricaded, as was the exit route from Kuje leading to Gwagwalada being additionally blocked. Aerial patrols by the Defence Ministry in the city have continued non-stop for the past three hours.
The Nigerian Correctional Service had earlier reported that there was an attack on the Custodial Centre in the Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory.
It read, “I wish to confirm that at about 22:00hrs, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, in the Federal Capital Territory.
“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial Centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.”