Just In: Military-Police clash leaves 2 policemen dead, others injured

Just In: Military-Police clash leaves 2 policemen dead, others injured

Two police men have lost their lives in a clash with military men, while two other police officers were seriously injured during the clash. The cops were attached to the Taraba State Command.

The wounded are receiving treatment from the gunshot wounds at the Taraba State hospital.

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They clashed with the Soldiers in Jalingo, the State capital, on Monday morning.

The state Police have confirmed the news to newsmen.

The state Police Public Relations Officer(PRO), SP Abdullahi Usman told press the command have received the sad news about their officers and have began investigation into the matter.

He explained that, a misunderstanding ensued between a female Police officer, who was reporting for duty at the INEC State headquarters in Jalingo, and a military man at a checkpoint closed to the headquarters.

The Crisis broke out after the military man asked the female police officer for proper identification.

The misunderstanding according to SP Abdullahi Usman was settled, but, the military officer later went after the female police officer and dragged her out from the coalition center forcibly, which led to a scuffle among the cops and the soldiers around.

“A very ugly incident happened this morning around 8:30am between a female police officer and a soldier. After the initial misunderstanding, the lady was allowed to proceed to her duty post but later the soldier went back to drag her out. The thing is that he called for reinforcement from his office and when it arrived, he had nothing to report and decided to create a situation.

“While we were trying to settle things and I was personally talking to one of the senior soldiers there, the soldiers suddenly started shooting. We were caught in the crossfire and had to run for our dear lives. The soldiers proceeded to the Command Headquarters here and shot two police officers and went away with their riffles.

“One police officer who was going off duty was shot and killed instantly while another who was just reporting for duty and did not even know what was happening was also shot the moment they identified him as a policeman.

“As we speak, we have gotten reports that our men who are escorting election results or on various duties are been stopped at military checkpoints and harassed. They strip them naked and harass them even though they know nothing about what happened.

“For now, the Commissioner of Police CP Yusuf A. Suleiman and the Commander of 6 Brigade Jalingo have met and discussed and have agreed that a commission of enquiry will be set up to look into the real cause of this incident,” SP Abdullahi Usman, the Police PRO stressed.



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