Politics Boko Haram Attack? Intense Gunfire Around Aso Presidential Villa, SSS Headquarters

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Premium Times has reported heavy gunfire around Nigeria’s Presidential Palace and the headquarters of the Department of State Services in the Asokoro District of Abuja in the last one hour. This has been confirmed by security sources.

The headquarters of the SSS, popularly called the Yellow House, is almost adjacent to one of the remote gates of the presidential villa.

Residents of Aso Drive say the gunshots were either coming out of the SSS headquarters or the presidential villa.

A resident, speaking with Premium Times, 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.”

SSS’ spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar has reported that that gunshots were triggered by an attempted jailbreak at the Service’s headquarters. Speaking, 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.”
 
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