The Ebonyi Police Command has just confirmed a violent clash between its officers and members of the Nigerian Army in Ebonyi.
An eye witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the incident occurred at No. 1, Water Works road, Abakaliki.
“Trouble started when a police patrol team on road check requested for the identity cards and vehicle particulars from the army officers.
“The soldiers rode a tinted Toyota Camry car with registration number BWR 886 AE.
“They also had a second car — a black Toyota Jeep with the inscription of ‘Bride’ used to convey a newly wedded couple.
“The soldiers, who were in their uniforms except one personnel, told the police team they were returning from a wedding and felt embarrassed by their request for the documents.
“At this point, one of the police officers stopped the soldiers from passing and the latter angrily fired sporadically into the air,” he said.
“The police men were seen making phone calls after which the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) stormed the scene.
“One of them landed a slap on one of the soldiers and all hell broke loose.
“The clash subsequently ensued and the police who had the upper hand, took some of the soldiers to the command’s headquarters while confiscating their rifles.
“The soldiers who escaped from the scene, rushed back to the cantonment.
“On their way, they allegedly attacked some policemen near the cantonment and held them hostage,” the security source said.
DSP George Okafor, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the story.
According to him, the clash is unfortunate and efforts have been made by the two agencies to forestall such occurrences in future.
“The matter has been peacefully resolved.
“We urge the public not to panic over the development but be assured of their safety at all times,” he said.