The religious sect known as Boko Haram this evening in Bauchi State demonstrated the porousness of Nigerian security by carrying off an audacious prison break and freeing over 700 people being held in the federal prison there.
The prison is located in front of the palace of the Emir of Bauchi. Eye witnesses told Saharareporters that the group struck at about the time Muslims, including the Emir, were breaking their fast.
The Emir quickly vacated his palace while soldiers and police were being drafted from the nearby city of Jos. The governor of the state, Isah Yuguda, is currently in Saudi Arabia in observance of Hajj.
This is the third time in three days that the sect, which began an uprising in Bauchi last year, would strike.
As Sahareporters reported yesterday, Boko Haram militants have also killed district heads and a retired police officer in Maiduguri near the palace of the Shehu of Borno.