|Abia State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeleye Oyebade|
The Abia State Police command has finally released a press statement on what truly transpired between the members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the men of the Nigeria Military, in Isi-Gate Umuahia, Abia State capital on Monday, September, 4th.
Recall that ABACITYBLOG reported that the incident caused a lot of tension in the city of Umuahia, thereby forcing the residents and the traders to scamper for safety.
A version of the incident report made available to us has it that some soldiers stationed at Isi Gate were collecting money from commercial tricycle operators and when one of the operators refused giving them money , one of the soldiers slapped the commercial tricyclist.
The situation, it was learnt degenerated into a heated argument which attracted crowds and the soldiers on seeing that the area was already charged, shot into the air to scare people, but the crowd overpowered them and injured some of them in the process.
Police in its statement claimed it waded in and calm the situation and also arrested some suspects.
Read below the police statement:
“On the 4th of September, 2017 at about the hours of 5pm, there occurred a clash between Soldiers attached to 14 Brigade Command Ohafia and tricycle Operators at Isi-Gate Umuahia during which three soldiers got injured and their Hilux van damaged.
“The Nigeria Police saddled with the responsibility of ensuring security of lives and property waded into the situation with other military deployments and the situation was brought under control.
“However, ten suspects involved have been arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction where they were admitted to bail.
“The Abia State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeleye Oyebade therefore enjoins all and sundry to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation as adequate security has been put in place to avert truncation of the peace and tranquility enjoyed in the State.
DSP GEOFFREY OGBONNA, ANIPR
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
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