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UK cautions citizens after attempted jailbreak

31 March 2014, 11:03

Abuja - The UK Foreign Office has advised British citizens in Abuja to maintain "heightened vigilance" following the foiled jailbreak at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The revised travel alert on Nigeria was posted on the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) website on Sunday.

It was updated few hours after the DSS confirmed that it had foiled an attempted jailbreak by insurgents detained at the Asokoro headquarters of the security outfit.

The travel alert advised British citizens to be especially vigilant should they need to go to Asokoro or The Three Arms Zone in Abuja.

The statement read in part: "On the morning of March 30, there was an incident involving exchange of gunfire within a Nigerian government compound in the Asokoro area in Abuja.

"The incident was brought under control swiftly, and the Nigerian Government has now confirmed that the incident is over and has declared the area safe.

"We recommend that British citizens maintain heightened vigilance in Abuja, particularly after dark, and given today’s incident, to be especially vigilant should they need to go to Asokoro or The Three Arms Zone.’’

-  NAN

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