Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 March 2014

Nigeria: SSS Gunfire - I'm Safe - Jonathan, - Says No Cause for Alarm

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Nigerian security officers.

Despite the heavy gunfire around the Presidential Villa Abuja in the early hours of today, President Goodluck Jonathan says he is safe and well.

There were reports of gunfire exchanges at the headquarters of the Department of State Services, also known as Yellow House, which is almost adjacent one of the gates of the Presidential Villa.

But hours after the incident, Jonathan, through his spokesman, Reuben Abati, said there was no cause for alarm.

The presidential spokesman, who said this on his twitter handle, was dispelling insinuations that the Presidential Villa was affected by the gunfire.

Abati maintained that the incident had nothing to do with the Presidential Villa.

According to him, the incident was an attempted jail break which, he said, had been effectively foiled.

"What happened at the SSS headquarters has nothing to do with the Villa. President Jonathan is safe and well. Thank you for your concern.

"What happened at the SSS this morning was an attempted jail break which has been effectively foiled. There is no cause for alarm"

In the same vein, the spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, had earlier this morning said the gunshots were caused by attempted jailbreak at the Service's headquarters by suspected Boko Haram members.

"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," she had said.

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