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Soldiers, policemen clash in Ibadan

12 April 2013, 07:25

Ibadan - There was pandemonium at the Mokola area of Ibadan on Thursday following a clash between some soldiers and policemen.

Eyewitnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that residents of the area scampered for safety following the incident  which was said to have been caused by  the alleged assault of  a police woman.

The spokesperson of the Oyo State Police Command, DSP  Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that a  police woman in mufti, was returning  home on Wednesday night when she was hit by two soldiers on a motorcycle.

She said the policewoman protested and was allegedly assaulted by the soldiers.

Three policemen, she said, came to her aid and invited the soldiers to the Mokola Police Station on hearing the officer’s distress call.

She said one of the soldiers  drew out a jackknife and stabbed two officers on the buttocks and legs.

In the altercation that ensued, Clet-Ilobanafor said the soldier was injured by a bullet shell after a police officer fired a warning shot.

She added that jack knives and drugs suspected to be Indian hemp  were found on the soldiers while the  wounded police officers were taken to the hospital.

The police spokesman also said some soldiers visited the Mokola Divisional Police Station to attack police officers on duty.

"They destroyed cars, smashed windows and injured some people and officers of the police force.

"They were armed with hammers, jackknives, but had no guns with them.
"The police said their men were restrained from shooting while the timely intervention of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clement Adoda, restored peace in the area.

"One of the soldiers was arrested and the DCP has communicated with the military authorities.

"The injured soldier is to be handed over to his superiors," she said.

When NAN contacted the Army Public Relations Officer in Ibadan, Lt.-Col. Mohammed   Anka, he said some officers had  been deployed to the scene to  verify the identity  of the  soldiers involved.

"We sent our men to confirm if the soldiers are our men or some other persons  in our uniform.

"You know we have to be objective in all we are doing.

"Our General Officer Commanding, 2  Division, Maj-Gen. Ahmed Jubril, has zero tolerance for indiscipline.

"He has ordered that if any of our officers was found guilty, he or she should be dealt with," he said.



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