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Kuje: Profile Of Some Top Inmates Before July 5 Attack

By Abdulrasheed Yusuf

Below are some of the high profile detainees before the July 5 attack of Kuje Custodial Centre, Abuja.

Abba Kyari

His celebrity status was first brought under public scrutiny in July 2021 when the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation linked him to $1.1 million internet fraud perpetrated by a popular Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.

The trial of the ex-deputy commissioner of police, kept in Kuje Custodial Centre, has subsequently been fixed for July 18, 19 and 20.

Abba Kyari

Believed to be among the Kuje inmates, his name was, however, not among the 68 Boko Haram suspects declared wanted by Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).

Farouk Lawan

Once a vocal voice on the floor of Nigeria House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan ended up committing a crime in a matter he was appointed to investigate.

He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja, last month and he was to be held in Kuje Custodial Centre.

Former Federal Lawmaker, Farouk Lawan

He also did not escape during the attack on the prison.

Abdulrasheed Maina

Maina was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for money laundering offences involving N2 Billion of pension funds.

He did not escape from prison during the attack.

Peter Nwachukwu

Peter Nwachukwu was given a criminal status following the death of a popular gospel artiste, Osinachi Nwachukwu.

Justice N.K. Nwosu-Iheme of the FCT High Court, in June, ordered that Mr Nwachukwu be remanded at the Kuje Custodial Centre pending the hearing of the matter.

Peter Nwachukwu

He did not escape during the attack on the centre.

Kuje Custodial Centre was built in 1989.  It houses different categories of prisoners, from murderers to corrupt politicians.


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