The Nigerian Army was called in early on Sunday morning as detained members of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, seized the Headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) in a jailbreak bid.
Nigeria’s capital, Abuja was thrown into an early morning panic as soldiers were called in to crush the jaibreak attempt, leading to heavy gunfight.
The Boko Haram has lately made audacious raids, attacking the Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri in addition to targeting the convoys of governors in the North-East.
Over 200 insurgents were believed to have been killed during the attack on Giwa Barracks two weeks ago as they attempted to forcefully release their members detained at the facility since 2009.
It was gathered that after they successfully overpowering the security men on duty, the detainees were then said to have attempted to fight they way out of the complex, leading to heavy gunfire that that was heard by residents in nearby areas like Asokoro and Maitama.
Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, for example, has posted on social media platgforms, Twitter and Facebook that the gunfire appeared to be fierce.
“IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD: Exchange of gunfire still going on with helicopter gunship hovering over the Aso Drive neighbourhood of Maitama adjoining the SSS Headquarters,” he wrote on his Facebook wall.
“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,” he added.
Abuja residents, who have been on edge as a result of the insurgency in the North, were thrown into panic, believing that the Aso Rock Villa, which is also in the same area as the SSS Headquarters was under assault.
It was gathered that the SSS made distress calls to soldiers and that it took their superior firepower to bring crush the insurection at the complex.