The DSP Loveth Odah, the commands’ Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abakaliki, described the report as, false, shocking, spurious and misleading.
According to her, “at no time did police officers clash with men of the Nigerian Army in the state but explained that there was a little misunderstanding between a soldier and a traffic warden.”
There was no clash involving our officers and the army, she said.
She always debunked the news of the crash saying “there is no truth in the media report.”
“It was not a clash; it was just a minor misunderstanding. A soldier’s brother or friend’s tricycle was impounded by a traffic warden on duty at the Udensi roundabout for alleged traffic light offence.
“The suspect called the soldier who came and demanded to know why the tricycle was impounded by the official. She stated.
According to Odah, it was nothing but a minor misunderstanding due to arguments which ensued between the soldier and the traffic warden.
The officer-in-charge of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who was passing by and witnessed the incident, had to stop and settle the problem there and then…
According to an eye witness, who is a security agent, “the police officers called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) on phone and immediately they stormed the scene, one of them slapped a soldier.
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“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.
She denied that there were no gunshots, no fight,not even a quarrel and nobody was injured.
The Acting Commissioner of Police did not go there neither did the Canton Commander of the Nkwegu Military Cantonment.
There was indeed nothing like police/soldiers clash in Abakaliki, it was just a mere misunderstanding between the traffic warden who is not even a regular police and one military personnel who came to enquire why the tricycle was impounded.
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She said that the force would continue to collaborate with the military and other sister security agencies in the state in the fight to keep the state safe from criminals and criminal activities.