Information Nigeria has just learnt of an attack around the Presidential Villa and headquarters of the Department of State Services (SSS) in the Asokoro District of Abuja.
According to a PREMIUM TIMES report, residents of the nearby Aso Drive said they heard gunshots coming out from either the Yellow House headquarters of the SSS or the Aso Villa.
One of the resident said, “We don’t know what’s going on here. Heavy gunfire has been coming from the direction of the villa. The entire area has been barricaded. SSS operatives are scampering out of their headquarters as the gunshots get louder.
“Soldiers are now heading in the direction of the SSS headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carriers. Those of us living around here have been asked to stay indoors and not venture out”.
Reacting to the incidence, spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, said the gunshots were triggered by attempted jailbreak at the Service’s headquarters by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
She said, “What happened was that the suspects’ handlers went to feed the detainees here but suddenly they attacked him with their handcuffs, disarmed him and started shooting.
“The military was quickly called in before they could do any harm and that is responsible for the shootings you heard.
“It was an attempted jailbreak but it has been brought under control”.