'Navy Kills Two' in Police Station Arson Attack

Samson Inok, an eye witness while reacting to the incident said some naval officers came out of a nearby gutter and shot the policemen who were trying to escape from the Police Station.

Naval personnel attacked and killed at least three police officers and set a police station alight in Calabar after a brawl between a naval officer a police traffic officer.

Normalcy has returned to Calabar after a gun duel between the Police and the Nigerian Navy in a part of the city on Tuesday.

According to a source, trouble started earlier in the day after a policeman stopped a naval officer at the checkpoint, but the officer reportedly refused to obey.

Efforts to reach Irene Ugbo, the State Police Public Relations Officer could not yield any furit at the time of this report. "They were running for safety thinking that the naval men were far away", he said.

At the meeting, Ayade said the violence had been neutralized. They must ensure that the whole area is calm after the unfortunate incident that arose from a misunderstanding between the officers, one from the Police Force and the other, a Naval officer.

Another media report says that a navy officer who had been involved in a minor accident with a motorised rickshaw had been angered by the policeman's behaviour.

"But the Navy Commander and police commissioner in the state intervened and the two sides backed down", the witness said.

Salihu Jubril, Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, expressed deep regrets over the incident and vowed tough sanctions on errant officers. We are proud to announce to you that Calabar, and indeed Cross River is totally calm.

  • Joanne Flowers