The Police Command in Adamawa State has confirmed the killing of an Inspector on Wednesday when military officers allegedly attacked a police facility in Yola, North of the state.
The WikkiTimes had earlier reported that there was a heavy exchange of fire between the police and yet-to-be-identified attackers at a police Facility in Yola, the state capital.
However, the police, in a statement by Sulaiman Yahaya Nguroje, the Command’s spokesperson, said military officers carried out the attack after a misunderstanding between them and the police.
“The Commissioner of Police (CP), Afolabi Babatola, has strongly condemned the recent conflict between Police and military Officers along Target Junction, Yola North Local Government Area, that resulted in an exchange of fire and Brutal attack on the Police Facility and killing of Inspector Jacob Daniel,” said Sulaiman.
According to the statement, the high command of the affected security agencies is on top of the situation to address further clashes between the two agencies.
Afolabi, in the statement, condemned the attack on his officers, warning that all attacks on all security Officers while in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated.
“The CP warned that attacks on all security officers in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the Command holds the lives of all security personnel sacrosanct, and such unwarranted conflict would be strictly treated under extant laws.”
“He equally reiterated the commitment of the command to the protection of lives and property while stressing that it is vital to work with other sister security agents in protecting the fundamental rights of security operatives to enable them to advance their sacred mandate of serving & protecting the citizens better,” the statement added.
In a conversation with the Leadership Newspaper, the Military acknowledged the incident. According to the Commander, 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola, Adamawa State, Brig. Gen. Gambo Mohammed, policemen allegedly shot and injured a soldier at a checkpoint.
He accused the Police of taking the injured Soldier away, which eventually resulted in the conflict between soldiers and policemen in the State on Wednesday.
“Police shot at our soldier at a checkpoint,” Mohammed said. “The soldier was injured, and the Police went and hid him, and we can’t find him. So, the soldiers went to rescue their colleague that was shot by the Police.”