Nigeria: Panic in Porharcourt as Policemen Kill Army Officer

There is panic and tension in Port Harcourt, River State as men of the Nigerian Army have taken over the streets of Ada-George following the alleged killing of an Army Officer by the men of the Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SAR).

Map of Nigeria Niger Delta Region
Map of Nigeria Niger Delta Region

The policemen killed the Army Officer along Ada George because they saw him in possession of a service pistol. Traffic is being diverted as a result of the incident as Policemen on Ada George have abandoned their duty posts.

Army Chief Buratai and Police Chief Idris

Another account has it that the army officer was killed around 7:30 pm as they were returning back to their hotel room. The soldier was said to be on plain clothing and not on military uniform.

Angry soldiers reportedly stormed Rumukpakani Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, to 'arrest' the Divisional Police Officer after a police officer of the division killed a soldier on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
According to a report by The Punch, the group of soldiers took hold of the DPO and the officer who allegedly killed the soldier during a disagreement in the early hours of Thursday.

A resident who lives in the area where the incident happened said the disagreement had ensued when officers approached the soldier who was armed but not in his official outfit.

The resident told TheCable, "Some soldiers lodged in a hotel around Ada George Road. Two of them came outside to get food, and one was with a gun. When the police came, they asked the soldiers to follow them to their station but the soldiers refused and an argument broke out.

"One of the policemen opened fire on the soldier who died in the process and the other one ran back to inform his colleagues."

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