Following the attempted jailbreak by Boko Haram suspects at the State Security Service (SSS) Headquarters in Abuja and the ensuing sporadic shootings, security was strengthened yesterday around the Presidential Villa.

The SSS Headquarters is directly adjacent to Gate 7 entrance to the Presidential Villa.

The left end of the SSS Headquarters building adjacent to the gate 7 now had armed military men stationed at its junction.

Armed military personnel and a vehicle were also stationed on Aso Drive before the SSS Headquarters when driving from the flyover from Luigi Barracks.

Security has also been strengthened in front of the Police Headquarters, which is beside the Presidential Villa.

The two-lane road directly in front of the Force Headquarters were fully barricaded with Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC). Before yesterday, only one of the lanes was barricaded.

But security presence at the other two gates to the Presidential Villa, the one by the Supreme Court and Fire Service buildings – were normal as at press time yesterday. Movement within the Villa was also normal.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on his Twitter account said: “What happened at the SSS HQs has nothing to do with the Villa. President Jonathan is safe and well. Thank you for your concern and support.”