This Day (Lagos)

30 March 2014

Nigeria: Security Forces Foil Attempted Jail Break At SSS Hqtrs

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Nigerian security officers.

Sporadic gunshots erupted in the early hours of Sunday at the Headquarters of Department of Security Service when detainees attempted to break free from their facility.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS Ms Marilyn Ogar who confirmed the development, said the incident happened around 7.15am when one of the terrorist suspects tried to disarm DDS officer in charge.

Ogar said: "Attempted jail break 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".

She added that the suspect's attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others.

According to her, "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.

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