Naval officers set three policemen ablaze in Calabar

Three policemen were on Tuesday reportedly set ablaze, following a clash between the police and some officers of the Nigerian navy in Calabar, Cross River state capital.

In a report monitored on Channels TV, the naval officers allegedly set the deceased ablaze in their station during the fight.

According to the report, the misunderstanding between the two parties had started at a police checkpoint, opposite the Navy barracks in Akim area of the town.

According to a source, trouble started earlier in the day after a policeman stopped a naval officer at the checkpoint, but the officer reportedly refused to obey.

The source said the refusal had led to a shootout.

He added that following the incident, some naval officers mobilised later in the evening and “set the police station ablaze.”

Efforts to reach Irene Ugbo, the State Police Public Relations Officer could not yield any furit at the time of this report.

Similarly, the navy in the state has also not made any official statement concerning the issue yet.