POLICE and Military authorities in Rivers State are battling to calm frayed nerves to avert violent police military conflict after a police officer shot and killed a plainclothes soldier.
Rivers Police Commissioner, Zaki Ahmed who confirmed the incident that happened at dawn today said, “It is very unfortunate, but it is not true that soldiers are chasing police”
The incident involving policemen of the Rumuekani Police Station, Ada George Road, Obia Akpor locality of Harcourt metropolis has seen the station deserted by attached police personnel, just the as men of the the controlling Kala Divisional Police Office have all taken a hide as Army and Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, takes over the stations.
Residents in the affected area are also said to be worried as uneasy calm gradually returns to the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, soldiers have taken over the Rumukpakani Police station, reportedly in response to the killing of their colleague by a policeman.
Punch reports that a group of angry soldiers stormed the Police station and arrested the Divisional Police Officer, DPO.
The murdered soldier, said to be on mufti, was reportedly shot near the Police station by one of the policemen on duty.