Sporadic shootout in a conflict between personnels of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police in Damaturu, Yobe State on Wednesday led to a halt in socio-economic activities in the metropolis for several hours.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that business premises were shut as men of the two security agencies took positions at strategic locations in the state capital.
Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, confirmed this in a statement issued and made available to NAN.
Ogusanya said: “The attention of this headquarters had been drawn to an unfortunate incident that happened between some unguided soldiers and policemen in Damaturu this morning.
“A joint committee between the Nigerian Army and Police has been set up to investigate the incident.”
NAN reports that army and police chiefs in the state had a joint meeting with the state Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu.
Sumonu Abdulmalik, the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, who spoke to newsmen after the meeting, said the army and police were jointly investigating the incident to ensure that it did not happen again.
Abdulmalik assured that the situation was under control and that adequate measures had been taken to avoid repeat of the incidence.
Similarly, Brigadier General Aminu Lamde, the Commander, 27 Taskforce Brigade, Buni-Yadi in Yobe State, said the incident should not be seen as a conflict between the two institutions, but between unguided individuals, assuring that the matter would be investigated and handled appropriately.
A hospital source in Damaturu, who did not want his name printed, told newsmen that two policemen and a soldier were brought to the hospital in critical condition, while few civilians sustained injuries from stray bullets.