A man who jumped over the White House fence has been apprehended by Secret Service agents, a spokesperson for the US agency has said, in the second such incident to happen in a few weeks.

Video released on Wednesday showed the agents and their dogs surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown

"The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers," the spokesperson said.

Charges are pending. Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

Secret Service spokesperson

The fence climber was identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya from Marlyand, near the US capital.

"Charges are pending. Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest," the spokesperson said 

Adesanya was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, the Secret Service said.

It was not clear if US President Barack Obama or members of his family were inside the building during the latest incident.

On September 19, an intruder armed with a knife jumped a fence and sprinted across the official residence of the president, and managed to run inside the building.

The incident prompted a review of the security measures at the president's residence, and the eventual resignation of the head of the Secret Service.