— Fear Grip Nearby Residents in Calabar, Cross River State As Uniformed Men Clash
— Naval Officers Attack, Set Akim Police Station On Fire
— Naval officers and policemen involve in a crossfire
It was a battle between men of the Nigerian Navy and police force on Tuesday in Calabar. The clash, which occurred at the Akim Police Station
axis of the IBB Way in Calabar, it was gathered, led to the death of one person while several others were injured.
The whole area was thrown into confusion as residents and passersby were seen fleeing the scene to escape being caught up in the crossfire.
It was learnt that the naval operatives allegedly attacked the policemen after one of their colleagues was allegedly arrested by the police for an infraction.
The naval operatives mobilised their colleagues and attacked the policemen in a reprisal.
In the process, weapons were freely used while a police station was allegedly torched.
Unconfirmed report said that some people were killed in the process.
But while confirming the incident, which started around 7pm, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo, said, “We have not been able to ascertain what is happening yet. But the little I can gather is that two Navy officers beat up a police officer. So, the two of them were arrested and taken to the police station at Akim along IBB Way.
“So, the Navy people were informed and they stormed the police station. We are still trying to calm the situation down. I have not heard of any casualty for now. We are still trying to calm the place down. It is still not calm.”
When contacted, a top official of the Eastern Naval Command, who pleaded anonymity, said he heard about the incident.
He said that he would get back to our correspondent as soon as he got more information on the incident.
Meanwhile an eye witness narrated;
A verbal argument that started between a traffic warden and a power hungry Naval officer has developed into a mini war that took many lives in Calabar yesterday.
According to eyewitnesses, trouble started on Tuesday when a traffic warden stopped a Navy officer in order to pass other cars, however the officer was said to have suddenly picked fight with the warden. He reportedly ordered his boys to batter him for not according due respect to him.
A deputy Superintendent of Police who was passing by tried to settle the dispute but naval officers beat him to pulp as well.
At a point the matter went out of hand when the power hungry naval personnel on order of their “Oga on top” followed the Superintendent to Akim Police station where they started shooting officers and visitors to the station.They later set the whole station on fire.
In the aftermath of the attack, 3 policemen and about 7 inmates died.
Several other people sustained injuries of varying degrees.