30 March 2014

Nigeria: Attempted Jail Break - Security Beefed Up in Abuja

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Nigerian security officers.

Security was beefed up on Sunday at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, venue of ongoing 7th meeting of African Finance Ministers and other strategic locations in the FCT.

The development followed an attempted jail break at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) covering the African ministers meeting observed that additional security personnel had been deployed to the hotel.

The additional armed men, seen within the vicinity of the hotel, include soldiers, police and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The armed men were supported by sniffer dogs as they took positions within and outside the hotel.

Security was also beefed up in and around military and other security offices in Abuja on Sunday following the attempted jail break.

On the Shehu Shagari Road, where the Force Headquarters is located, the area had been barricaded with armoured personnel carrier, same for the Ministry of Defence, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, at the time of this report.

Also, all the roads leading to the DSS headquarters, Aso Drive, had been closed.

However, there were normal activities in other areas of the city centre. (NAN)

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