CRIME

Policemen Clash With Soldiers Few Poles To Ebonyi Government House

Abakaliki- It was chaotic at Udensi Roundabout, few poles
to Ebonyi State Government House Abakaliki clash when
Police men and armed soldiers clashed yesterday.
The fracas started when traffic Police impounded a tricycle
popularly known as Keke for violating traffic light signals.
Eyewitness who asked not to be named explained that
when efforts to secure the tricycle failed, the operator
contacted the owner who happened to be a Nigerian soldier.
He narrated that minutes later, the soldier arrived with
another tricycle and asked after the Traffic Police who
impounded his tricycle.
This resulted in free for all fight as Traffic Police allegedly
engaged the Soldier prompting a detachment of armed
soldiers on guard at the International Conference Centre,
ICC Abakaliki to rush to the scene and joined the fray.
While the matter was being settled inside ICC, a
detachment of Mobil Police Men and Operatives of Anti
Robbery Squad arrived in the scene and charged at the
Soldiers.
The Soldiers however responded by cocking the trigger of
their guns while making calls for reinforcement from their
base.
It took the intervention of senior police officers from Police
Headquarters Abakaliki to calm the situation and avoid
what would have been a major security scare and
bloodshed as reinforcement from Army base arrived in the
scene minutes later.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Ebonyi
polce command, DSP Lovette Odah said it is an internal
matter that would be settled by the appropriate authorities.
She said it was fortunate that the matter ended with
casualty.
She said it was becoming worrisome how people violate the
traffic light.

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