Calabar Boils as Naval Officers Attack Policemen

Calabar Boils as Naval Officers Attack Policemen

Calabar Boils as Naval Officers Attack Policemen

According to Police sources, two policemen were allegedly shot dead by men of the Nigerian Navy in the fierce battle which saw several vehicles burnt down at the Akim Police barracks.

An eyewitness, Samson Inok, said at least three naval operatives emerged from a nearby gutter and shot the policemen who were trying to escape from the Police Station.

The incident occurred after a skirmish between a police traffic officer and members of the navy on Tuesday afternoon in Calabar, according to Nigeria's Premium Times.

Warri -Two Nigerian police officers were killed on Tuesday and another was left critically wounded after naval personnel torched a police station following a traffic dispute.

It took the swift intervention of the governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade to avert what could have been another round of bloodshed in the clash between the Nigerian Navy and Police in Calabar, the state capital.

"The navy operatives came out from the gutter and started shooting at a very close range with their guns while a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) which was mounted some distance away was firing at the station".

"By 8p.m., it had developed into a deadly riot, with suspected naval officers attacking a police divisional headquarters, killing three officers and injuring others after setting the facility alight".

At the meeting, Ayade said the violence had been neutralized.

On his part the Commander, Nigerian Navy Victory command, Commodore Sid Jubril said that, "We are saddened by the incident that happened yesterday".

Saharareporters learned that situation around the area was tense on Wednesday as residents stayed while awaiting further development, even as both naval and police authorities have moved to calm frayed nerves.

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