Policemen Engage Soldiers Over Traffic Rule Violation

A fracas was reportedly ensued between policemen and armed soldiers in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State over alleged traffic rule violation.

The clash started when some police traffic wardens impounded a tricycle , whose operator violated traffic light signals .

An eyewitness , who would not want to be mentioned in print , explained that when efforts to secure the tricycle failed , the operator contacted the owner who was a soldier.

He narrated that some minutes later , the soldier arrived with another tricycle and asked after the traffic police wardens who impounded his tricycle .

This resulted in a fierce fight as the wardens allegedly engaged the soldiers, prompting a detachment of soldiers on guard at the International Conference Centre , Abakaliki , to rush to the scene and joined the fray .

While the matter was being settled inside ICC , a detachment of mobile policemen and operatives of anti -robbery squad arrived the scene and charged at the soldiers.

The soldiers, however , responded by cocking their riffles , while also making calls for reinforcement from their base .

It took the intervention of senior police officers from the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters , Abakaliki, to calm the situation and avoid what would have been a major security scare and bloodshed as reinforcement from an army base arrived the scene minutes later.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Command , Mrs Loveth Odah , said it was an internal matter that should have been settled by the appropriate authorities .

She said the matter ended with no casualty .

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