Aba: Soldiers, policemen in heavy shootout, 3 feared dead

By Editor on 16/06/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 969


There was pandemonium yesterday in Aba, Abia state as soldiers believed to be from the Ngwa High School Forward Operation Base (Charlie Coy) and personnel of Mobile Police Force (PMF 55) unit in Osisioma near Aba engaged in heavy shootout said to have claimed the lives of three persons. Some passersby were also believed to have been wounded during the incident.

Witnesses said two policemen and one soldier died in the shootout, which lasted for hours at the ever busy Osisioma Junction. The casualty figure could however not be confirmed as at press time.

It was gathered that a policeman and two soldiers had altercations close to the army base and the soldiers wanted to take the policeman to their base in a show of superiority.

Some policemen who were on duty at the Osisioma Junction were said to have intervened and pleaded with the soldiers to allow him to go.

The soldiers reportedly ignored the plea of the policemen and in an attempt to get their man off the hook, they engaged the soldiers in fisticuffs.

Both parties were said to have called for reinforcement, which led to the heavy shooting that reportedly took the lives of two policemen and a soldier.

Hell was let loose as the incident which occurred at the Osisioma Ngwa junction along the Enugu –Port Harcourt expressway, caused panic among motorists and shop owners who fled to safety. Several vehicles were abandoned on the expressway as their owners ran for dear lives.

According to an eyewitness, Chinyere Ikem who spoke to newsmen, said the incident forced many shop owners and petty traders along the expressway to abandon their wares while a lorry load of mobile and regular policemen arrived the scene as re-enforcement.

Ikem said that while some passengers going to different parts of the country that were yet to board vehicles going to their locations were trapped in the shootout, others coming into the city used alternative routes to avoid being caught in the web of the crisis.

“It happened like what we used to watch in American movies. It happened in a flash and before you know what is happening, trucks of army and police vans were everywhere.

“I saw some people running with blood stained clothes and I guess that they were hit by stray bullets”, Ikem stated.

It could be recalled that this is the fourth time soldiers and policemen would clash in Aba since the army was drafted to the area to quell kidnapping in 2010.

Normalcy has since returned to the area as at the time of filing the report. Police and military authorities in the city who were contacted over the incident, declined comments.

However, Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi said he was yet to be briefed about the incident, adding that “It will be too hasty for me to talk now. Let me get the full details of the incident.”-Sun

Posted 16/06/2018 10:27:45 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Bishop, Minister fight over Ekwueme’s missing £200,000 medical...

Fani-Kayode faults Buhari

Your goodwill is fast depleting, Catholic Bishops tell...

‎FG withholds Paris Club refund to starve Ekiti,...

Bomb blast kills three in Imo

Use recovered loot to build hospitals - Enugu...

Odinkalu lists threats to 2019 elections

Another minister skips NYSC, risks jail term

Court Orders Movement Of Dino Melaye To Abuja...

2019: We’ll Make Nigeria Work Again, Says Ekweremadu...

Timi Frank reveals how plot to embarrass Atiku,...

PDP raises alarm over alleged plot to arrest...

 

Latest News Trump to detain migrants for long, mulls ending birthright citizenship New portfolio: I don’t know how Interior Ministry operates – Aregbesola Buhari re-appoints Adesina, Shehu, Akande as spokespersons Atiku vs Buhari: Tribunal reserves judgment in presidential poll petition Buhari knocked for ordering ministers to report to Kyari Senator Utazi distributes over 600 empowerment items to constituents Woman raped, butchered to death by bandits in Enugu BREAKING: Ex-Super Falcon, Chiejine is dead Gunmen attack Nasarawa deputy governor’s convoy, kill three policemen, civilian Confession: How soldiers killed police officers, released me – Taraba kidnap kingpin Foreign bodies lavished dollars on Sowore to topple Buhari – DSS Buhari assigns portfolios as new Ministers take Oath of Office

 

Most Read Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (13,530 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (13,282 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (12,518 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (11,513 views) Sickle cell support group seeks lgovernment intervention (10,581 views) Israel serves quit notice to African illegal migrants (10,368 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (10,312 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (9,948 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (9,299 views) NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (9,265 views) The Big Kick-off: World greatest sports fiesta begins in Russia (9,050 views) England beat Spain to win U17 World Cup final (8,899 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (1,523) EDITORIAL (8) POLITICS (431) SOCIETY (111) SPORTS (22) BUSINESS (274) HEALTH (17) EDUCATION (24) ENTERTAINMENT (12) INTERNATIONAL (34) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (11)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands