Nigerian navy arson attack kills two police

2017-05-31 21:07
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Warri -Two Nigerian police officers were killed on Tuesday and another was left critically wounded after naval personnel torched a police station following a traffic dispute.

The police station in Akim, near Calabar, the capital of the southeast state of Cross River, was attacked on Tuesday night following a brawl between a policeman and navy officer.

"The unfortunate incident arose from an issue at a checkpoint, traffic light spot at the stadium... where a policeman was trying to control traffic," Cross River state governor Benedict Ayade told reporters.

"It led to a misunderstanding between a policeman and a naval officer resulting to physical combat."

The navy said it was investigating the dispute.

"Let me assure you that the culprits will be brought to book, properly investigated and appropriate sanctions meted on them," said navy commander Salihu Jubril.

Nigeria's military still plays a major role in the country, one of Africa's largest oil producers that only returned to democracy in 1999 following decades of military rule.

It has come under frequent criticism from international organisations that say it frequently abuses human rights.

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