Pandemonium reigned supreme at the Ohanku road area of Aba town at the eve of the sit-at-home protest championed by the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) as policemen beat a soldier and his naval colleague over the right to effect the arrest of a suspect.
247ureports.com gathered residents and shop owners in the densely populated Ohanku area took to their heels as the team of policemen battled the soldier and the naval rating to a standstill.
Sources hint that that trouble started when the team of policemen from the Ndiegoro Division came to the area to arrest some people who were said to have beaten a pregnant lady.
According to the source, the police ordered the arrested suspects to enter their van for the movement to the police station, but a soldier whose name was given as Chimezie and serves in Bauchi state but came to Aba to see his relations and a Naval rating identified as Aziz who serves at Owerri-Nta, ordered the policemen to release the suspects immediately on the ground that they knew them.
The policemen were said to have explained to the two military men that it was their Divisional Police Officer (DPO) who directed them to arrest the suspects and appealed to them to come to the station and speak with the DPO, but the soldier and his naval friend refused.
“The soldier and his naval man became angry and tried to force the policemen to release the suspects to them. It was during the argument that they started fighting and one of the suspects ran away. The policemen beat the soldier and tore the shirt of navy man. When this happened, we ran away because they can start shooting guns. Many people in the area closed their shops thinking that the soldiers will storm the area for revenge,” a resident of the Ohanku area told 247ureports.com
When information got to some soldiers around the area, they mobilized to the Ndiegoro police Station in an APC and two hilux vans but the DPO whose name was given as Mr. Crescent Mamah appealed to them to allow peace reign.
247ureports.com learnt that few hours after the shameful incident, soldiers and policemen were invited to a peace parley by the Aba Area Commander of the Nigeria police, ACP Rabiu Diya who admonished both parties on the need to work together.
He was still addressing them when dramatically; the soldier who was involved in the scuffle earlier in the day collapsed and was immediately rushed to a hospital.
Dayi promised to take care of the medical expenses of the collapsed soldier if according to him that would bring the needed peace among the two security agencies in the city.
247ureports.com further gathered that there have been frequent clashes between soldiers and policemen in the city over accusations of disrespect for each other and alleged handling of civil by soldiers in which the police see as interference.