This morning there was heavy gunfire exchanges around the presidential Villa and the headquarters of the Department of State Services in the Asokoro District of Abuja early this morning. The SSS said the gunshots were triggered by attempted jailbreak of detainees at the SSS headquarters by suspected members of Boko Haram.
The Spokesperson for the Department of State Security Service, Marilyn Ogar, has issued a statement on the attempted jailbreak at the headquarters of the Nigeria’s secret police saying;
At 0715 hours, the Service suspect handler went to the detention facility within the Headquarters to feed the suspects. One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff. His attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others.
The gun shots attracted the attention of the military with whom we have an understanding of mutual assistance in the event of any threat. The Army immediately deployed a team to reinforce our perimeter guards to forestall any external collaborators.
The situation has since been brought under control. Further details will be communicated