Military officers who arrested terrorists freed during the Kuje prison jailbreak are reportedly in danger, according to a report by DailyPost.
This comes after Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) sects vowed to go after them and their families.
ISWAP had claimed responsibility for the invasion of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, Abuja.
Scores of its fighters stormed the location Tuesday night with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), grenades and firearms.
Hundreds of hardened criminals convicted or on remand escaped after the penitentiary was breached for hours.
Many of the terrorists had spent years in incarceration after their arrest by gallant military officers, some involuntarily retired in 2016.
They include Colonel Danladi Ribbah Hassan, Colonel Auwal Suleiman and Lt. Colonel Mohammed Abdulfatai.
In 2009, Suleiman led the arrest/killing of more than 370 insurgents and later helped to scuttle a Boko Haram plan to attack the Presidential Villa.
In 2014, Mohammed led the Konduga operation that eliminated over 200 terrorists. Both received official commendations for their feat.
A lawyer of the retired personnel disclosed that they had received threat messages from Boko Haram and ISWAP.
“My client’s life and that of his colleagues are in serious danger. We don’t know what the terrorists are planning.
“The military and other relevant security agencies must act fast”, he told PRNigeria on anonymity.
The counsel criticized the military hierarchy for failing to facilitate the reinstatement of retired officers despite favourable court rulings.
Expressing hope that justice will be done, he said it was gratifying that the incumbent service chiefs have no objection to the verdicts.