At least three persons are reportedly dead after suspected naval
officers attacked a police station in Calabar, Cross River State on
Tuesday. The naval officers attacked and burnt down the police station following a row with some police officers earlier in the day. Some naval officers had allegedly ran the red light and were
apprehended by police officers. “Rather than listen, they descended on
the policemen and beat them up. This was around 5 p.m,” an eyewitness said.
“Police officers now called for back up and and the Navy also called
for reinforcement and they took over the road leading to the airport.
But the Navy Commander and police commissioner in the state intervened
and the two sides backed down. However, around 8:00 p.m., when everyone
thought the matter had been resolved, naval officers descended on Akim
Police Station and started shooting and burnt down the facility. We
confirmed three bodies but we feared there are more,” the witness added.
The attack started at about 8.30pm and continued up until midnight.
The naval officers also allegedly blocked fire fighters from gaining access to the station.