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Rivers: Soldiers sack police station, arrest officers over colleague’s death

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Tony John, Port Harcourt

Men of the Nigerian Army stormed a police station along Ada-George Road in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State over the killing of their colleague by a policeman yesterday. Daily Sun gathered that the soldiers stormed the police station in search of the policeman who allegedly killed their colleague at Wimpy by Ada-George junction.

The aggrieved soldiers were alleged to have broken the cell in search of the suspect, which caused those in detention to escape.
A witness, Alex Igbani, who confirmed the incident to Daily Sun, said the police personnel shot dead the soldier, who was seen with a pistol at a junction controlling traffic. Igbani said the slain soldier, along with his colleague, had alighted from a convoy to make way for their superior, who was trapped in traffic, when the policeman shot him and attempted to shoot the second person before he brought out his identity card.

According to the source, the police carried the deceased soldier into their van and drove to the station before the soldiers, led by a senior officer, stormed the police station. The soldiers arrested officers and men who were ine the station and took them away. The development caused a gridlock along Ada-George-Ikwerre road, and other adjoining routes in the state capital.

It was further gathered that a few minutes after the soldiers had left the station, a squad of police officers and men arrived at the station causing panic in the neighbourhood.

Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the development, adding that normalcy has returned to the area.
Omoni disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, has invited the key players involved in the incident for a peaceful and lasting solution.

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