Navy probes police, naval officers clash in Calabar


The Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Navy  Captain Suleman Dahun, on Wednesday, said an investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause of a deadly clash between its personnel and Police in Calabar.

Dahun, who spoke in a telephone interview, said it was an unfortunate incidence that led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.

He said that, however, normalcy had since returned to Calabar after its personnel clashed with the Police on Tuesday,

He said that the service would do everything humanly possible to avert the future occurrence of such ugly clash.

Dahun said that everything had been resolved, and normalcy had also returned, saying “everybody was going about his or her business as usual.”

The clash between the two security outfits was caused by a disagreement between a police traffic officer and a naval officer at a traffic light in Akim neighbourhood, downtown, Calabar, around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

“By 8 p.m., it had developed into a deadly riot, with suspected naval officers attacking a police divisional headquarters, killing three officers and injuring others after setting the facility alight.

“A naval officer sustained gunshot wounds from suspected police fire. No inmates escaped during fracas,’’ police said.