Pandemonium broke out in Aba, Abia State on Thursday, as soldiers and a team of mobile policemen engaged each other in a shoot-out over alleged assault on a policeman in the city.
According to Vanguard, the soldiers of the Forward Operation Base of the 144 Battalion, stationed at Ngwa High School, Aba, had confronted a MOPOL officer, who was riding on a motorcycle, on why he wore a camouflage, which they claimed did not belong to the police.
Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers, not satisfied with the policeman’s response, attempted to pull off the camouflage, but the police officer sprayed tear gas on the soldiers and a fight ensued.
The policeman, attached to the MOPOL 55, Aba, returned to his base where he mobilised his colleagues and stormed Ngwa High School to engage the soldiers. In the ensuing melee, there was exchange of gunfire and one of the policemen sustained a gunshot injury.
A soldier, who pleaded anonymity, was quoted as saying that the policeman refused to properly identify himself, when asked to do so, and a fight started.
Spokesman of Abia State Police Command, Onyeke Ezekiel, who confirmed the incident, said the injured policeman was receiving medical attention. He said senior officers of both agencies had commenced investigations into the fracas.