People in the Asokoro axis of Abuja,especially around the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) were jolted by booming gunshots as early as 7.20. While many thought it was an attack on the Presidential Villa from on of the remote gates, some concluded that the Yellow House as the facility is famously known was under attack by the Boko Haram terroriist group.
Street Journal’s findings revealed that unlike most Boko Haram attacks on government facilities, Sunday’s attack started from within the SSS headquarters. It started with the members of the sect who are being held in the facility.
An officer who spoke on the condition of anonimity disclosed that “Only one handler led them so you can understand they had the effrontery to bully him.
Usually, suspects are taken to freshen up. They get the best of treatment, that I can tell you. Their rooms are comfortable, they eat good food, etcetera.
Now, this morning, during the normal routine of taking them to the rest room, they attacked the Suspect Handler and took his rifle. It is a 60-round weapon that was loaded.
Thanks to combat training, he struggled with them and escaped with wounds because they shot at him. His noise attracted us, so we quickly took position and returned fire. We did not leave anything to chance. At the end, operatives fell 18 of them, while 10 were recaptured.
In fact, we had handled the situation before our colleagues in the military moved in. Their presence was important though, since we were not sure of what next to expect. But everything is calm now.”
When asked if the suspects were expecting to get help from outside, the officer’s response was “honestly I don’t know what they were thinking. Mark my words, there can never be a successful attack on Yellow House, we are always prepared.”
Authorities of the Department of State Security also shed more light on the attack via a statement signed by Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar. The statement reads: “At 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. His adtempt 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.”
Ogar also stated that further information would be communicated later