The Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the ugly incidence in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital on Wednesday which left three persons dead.
The confirmation came from the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood from the force headquarters in Abuja.
Elombah.com gathered that three persons were killed when the military and the police engaged themselves in a free-for-all in Damaturu on Wednesday.
Many persons, including soldiers, police and civilians were injured in the deadly clash between the two groups.
The whole Damaturu was as if it was a theatre of war as sporadic gunshot and sounds of heavy artillery were heard with many civilians avoiding the streets and scampering to the safety of their homes.
The battle, which looked as if it were between two enemy nations or forces, halted activities within Damaturu metropolis for about two hours.
Financial institutions, government establishments and citizens who had opened their places of businesses were forced to close early because of the upheaval.
It was also gathered that a squadron commander of the police was abducted by the Army and that his destination remains unknown.
A visit to the accident and emergency ward of the state specialists’ hospital Damaturu was conducted after a ceasefire.
During the visit, many security personnel who sustained injuries as well as civilians who suffered strayed bullet injuries were being treated.
Three corpses of security personnel were equally seen deposited at the hospital morgue, but both the military and the police said they are yet to confirm the casualty figure.
Meanwhile a security meeting between military, the police and the DSS and chaired by the state deputy governor, Abubakar Aliyu, was held behind closed-doors at the Government House, Damaturu after the ceasefire.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, the commander of the 27 Task Force Brigade, Buniyadi, General Aminu Bande, said a committee has been set up to investigate the matter and ensure justice is done.
“The cause of the clash for now is not the issue because it will affect the work of the investigation team.
“The committee will ensure that the officers found guilty for this clash will be seriously dealt with” the General said.
The Yobe state Commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdulmaliki, said the issue has been resolved, but investigation panel has started its work and I can assure you we have made progress on the resolution of the crisis.
“The meeting has ended well and a conflict like this is normal and we have made a lot of progress in ensuring that issues like this are averted in the future”
The Army General and the Police Commissioner called on the residents to go about their normal business and to also have confidence in the security forces as they will emerge stronger in the fight against the common enemy, the Boko Haram.
The state commissioner of Police while speaking on the abduction of the squadron commander of Mopol 41 in Damaturu the state capital, said, the officer CSP Dauda Fika has been released and currently being examined at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu the state capital.
“I can confirm to you that the squadron commander of the mopol 41 base in Damaturu who was earlier abducted by some group of persons in military uniform has been released and is currently being examined in a hospital within Damaturu metropolis”
Today’s clash between the military and the Police brought renewed fears in the minds of residents who have been enjoying a relative peace for over two years now.
Residents called for immediate resolution of the conflict and mending of fences so as to fight the common enemy the Boko Haram.
NORMALCY RETURNS IN YOBE STATE AFTER ARMY/POLICE CLASH
In the statement issued by CSP Jimoh Moshood, the Nigeria Police Force said it is abreast of the unfortunate incident that occurred in the early hours of today 12th April, 2017 in Damaturu between the personnel of the Force and that of the Nigerian Army.
The report continues:
Consequently, a joint investigation team has been constituted by the Chief of Defence Staff to harmonize the findings from the preliminary investigations carried out by the Police and the Army in respect of the unfortunate incident.
This is aimed at uncovering the causes of the incident and deal with the situation appropriately to prevent such occurrence in the future.
The Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army have a long time good working synergy and an excellent relationship which cannot be compromised by misguided personnel on both sides.
To this end, the Inspector General of Police has directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi and the Commissioner of Police Yobe State to sustain the normalcy that has been restored.
The Inspector General of Police hereby enjoined members of the public in Damaturu and other parts of Yobe State to go about their lawful activities without fear or apprehension as the situation is fully under control.
The renewed determination of the Nigeria Police Force to continue the fight against insurgency along with other security agencies remain unequivocal and unwavering.