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Why Kuje Prison attack may be ‘trade by barter’ for release of Kaduna train passengers – APC lawmaker

A member of the House Representatives (APC Gombe), Abubakar Yunus, has alleged that the Kuje Prison attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists and the recent release of another five hostages of the AK-9 Abuja-Kaduna bound train attack may be ‘trade by barter’.


WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that terrorists released another batch of five kidnapped passengers on Tuesday after more than four months in captivity.

Earlier on July 5, 2022, terrorists attacked the Kuje Prison and freed over 800 suspects, including Boko Haram members in detention.

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While speaking during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Tuesday, Yunus said the two incidents  might be a trader by barter dealings.

The federal lawmaker stated this while responding to the correlation between the recent release of some of the passengers and the Kuje prison attack.

He said, “As a legislator for so many years and I have been overseeing the defence mechanism, I will not say that the mechanism, the security architecture, is not actually in place. I will rather say it’s part of the tactical schematic programmmed way the government wants to use it.”

Yunus added, “Why I say that? Prior to the Kuje prison attack, was Kuje prison ever attacked? Was it the first time they had put insurgents, Boko Haram there? Why? So all those response teams were there. I want to allude to the fact that earlier on, the government argued that they had the capacity to bombard these insurgents to free the captives, but they were afraid of collateral damage.

“To us, when the bandits or the insurgents are claiming the release of our captives; and probably I will allude to the school of thought, the hypothesis, maybe it is a trade by barter. So it was a deliberate non-intervention of the government.”

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