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21 Dead As Suspects Attempt Jailbreak at DSS Detention Cell in Abuja

Jonathan Safe, Sound, Says Abati

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

Twenty-one suspects in detention cell of the Department of State Security Service(DSS) were on Sunday confirmed dead when detainees attempted jailbreak after one of the prisoners knocked down a DSS official with his handcuff forcing the officer to open fire.

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Spokesperson for the DSS, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar said in a statement that at 0715 hours, the Service suspect handler went to the detention facility within the Headquarters to feed the suspects.

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“One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff. His attempt to escape drew the attention of other guards at the facility who fired some shots to warn and deter others.

“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.

“The situation has since been brought under control. Further details will be communicated””, he said. Ogar later gave details, stressing that 21 people died in the incident while two DSS officials were injured.

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She spoke just as the Presidency has assured that President Goodluck Jonathan is “safe and well” and that the security breach has nothing to do with the presidential villa.

“What happened at the SSS HQ this morning was an attempted jailbreak which has been effectively foiled. There is no cause for alarm,” Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said on Tweeter.

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