Aso Rock Under Attack – Coup, Boko Haram, Jail Break Fingered

There have been heavy gunfire exchanges around the vicinity of Nigeria’s presidential palace and the headquarters of the Department of State Services in the Asokoro District of  Abuja in the past one hour, security sources and residents of the area said.

The expansive headquarters of the State Security Service, popularly known as Yellow House, is almost adjacent one of the remote gates of the presidential villa.

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

A 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.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, could not be reached for comments.

But the spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, said the gunshots were triggered by attempted jailbreak at the Service’s headquarters by suspected members of the extremist 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.”

It is however not clear how detainees, held in the highly fortified complex, got guns with which they shot at soldiers and SSS operatives for over an hour.

It is also not known whether there were casualties in the attack.

Military helicopters have now been deployed and are now hovering around the area.

But the explanation of jail break did not go down well at all , with many that our correspondents spoke with, one person said ” Imagine a handcuffed prisoner shooting gun like that and holding countless military at bay

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19 Responses to "Aso Rock Under Attack – Coup, Boko Haram, Jail Break Fingered"

  1. Danny Boy   March 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    This is the work of Boko Boys of a certain.

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  2. Barewa   March 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    If this happened in civilized country , heads will roll.

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  3. Ruth   March 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Oh God, what is becoming of this nation, if boko haram can now reach Aso rock, then , Hell is on.

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  4. Michika   March 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    According to Nasir El rufais page.

    ” IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD: Exchange of gunfire still going on with helicopter gunship hovering over the Aso Drive neighbourhood of Maitama adjoining the SSS Headquarters.

    Whatever this is, it appears more serious than an attempted jailbreak claimed by the SSS.
    May God Protect the innocent and destroy the murderers, kidnappers and planners of genocide, Amen. “

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    • Dele   March 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      From El Rufai’s tweet and you find that it is easy to discern those he refers to as “the murderers, kidnappers and planners of genocide”.

      For El Rufai, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Buhari and many others ……….. the Federal Government (under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan) are murderers for killing Boko Haram members in combat.

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  5. Chuka   March 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

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    I live 50 metres away from the SSS headquaters and the Villa and what I witnssed with my eyes and heard this morning was a full scale battle

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  6. Don Carl   March 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    It is not attempted COUP but a jail break.

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    • Balogun   March 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Can you do this math, Don :

      1 handcuffed BokoHarram attacked armed SSS he was overpowered immediately but 18 detainees killed in the process. IT DOES NOT ADD UP!

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  7. Dan Onitsha   March 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    El-Rufai has said it all: curbing Boko Haram is “genocide” while the slaughter of Southerners and Christians should be the regular run-of-the-mill.
    The same awusa people caused the Nigerian Civil War, murdering over 3 million Igbos in an idiotic drive to give us today’s “peace, unity, justice and happiness. Again, while the murder of 3million Igbos by barbaric awusas is no genocide, the military campaign to curb intransigent terrorists they brought is genocide.

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  8. Ronke   March 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Killing the President will not kill Nigeria as a nation,but him be killed by some ethic bigot who have no plan for Nigerian but to rule and loot ,making the nation ungovermable.

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  9. Yohanna Auta   March 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Our security agencies, have been penetrated, by religious sentiments, hence this shameful security breach.
    A so called security agent last year lead the murder of the beloved little captain even before they enter Boko Haram camp, If Jonathan cannot confront this, then , I have to shift my support, he is truly weak and spineless.

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  10. Deji Fagbemi   March 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Al Mustapha house gets searched by security agencies apparently acting on intelligence. The next day there is shooting at the villa! This looks and smells like a coup in evolution or something more fisshy, unfortunately it failed.

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  11. Lotun   March 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Useless lies.

    I USE TO THINK THE SSS ARE BETTER THAN THE POLICE NOT UNTIL NOW .
    HOW COME A PRISONER IS BEING FED AROUND 6.30AM ? EVEN WE THAT ARE NOT IN PRISON DON’T EAT AS EARLY AS THAT, WHY NOT LOOK FOR BETTER WAYS TO LIE INSTEAD OF THIS CHEAP ONE?

    Useless people. Next thing they will tell us now is that Boko Haram has infiltrate SS.

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  12. Abdul Hassan   March 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I advised him to tell the truth, because if he lied and they get him, he is finished, He should stop listening to the pretenders advising him.

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  13. Hannatu   March 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    How did the prisoner get more than one gun they fired for almost 4 hour.

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  14. Illyasu   March 30, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    It is right time GEJ deal with the sponsors of BH ( Which he knows very well ) once and for all or else they will DEAL WITH HIM.

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  15. Dan D   March 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    The once good Nigerian SSS, have become a useless organization, from the Obatse ambush last year, to this latest incident, they prove incapable, Who would ever think that a jailbreak was possible at the SSS HQ, God help us.

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  16. Lee Tamuno   March 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    The solution to all this mess of bokoharam isues is for the government to announce the names of their sponsors and jail them for life.Because,they will still be using them if they are not jailed for life. After all, GEJ knows them, otherwise he is siting on a time bomb

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  17. Innocent   March 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

    This is really serious, what have we done in this country.

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