The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed that some of its officers were involved in a clash with soldiers on Saturday evening.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP George Okafor made the confirmation, stating that the issue has been resolved.
A witness narrated that trouble started when the policemen stopped the soldiers’ cars and insisted on seeing a valid identification.
“Trouble started when a police patrol team on road check requested for the identity cards and vehicle particulars of army officers from the Nkwagu military cantonment.
“The soldiers rode a tinted Toyota Camry car with registration number BWR 886 AE and a black Toyota Jeep with the inscription of ‘Bride’ used to convey a newly wedded couple.
“The soldiers, who were in their uniforms except one personnel, told the police team they were returning from a wedding and felt embarrassed by their request for the documents.
“At this point, one of the police officers stopped the soldiers from passing and the latter angrily fired sporadically into the air,” he said.
The source said the RRS operatives were called and one was them slapped a soldier.
He said, “The clash subsequently ensued and the police who had the upper hand, took some of the soldiers to the command’s headquarters while confiscating their rifles.
“The soldiers who escaped from the scene, rushed to the cantonment and on their way, allegedly attacked some policemen near the cantonment and held them hostage.”