Some military personnel were reportedly involved in a dramatic shoot-out with mobile policemen at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) complex at the King square in Benin City on Wednesday, leaving many people injured.
The clash occurred when two military personnel allegedly took revenge mission to the complex in a bid to rescue an unknown soldier who was assaulted by security operatives attached to the Bank.
The soldier was said to have responded to an invitation by a passerby to assist recover his mobile phone which was allegedly declared missing by a police Officer accused him of receiving a phone call in front of the CBN building Wednesday afternoon.
It was gathered that while the unknown soldier was being tortured, four military personnel arrived the scene and demanded for the release of the soldier, leading to heated argument among them.
A security personnel who witnessed the incident, revealed that while argument continued, one of the policemen brought out a steel from no where and slammed it on the head of one of the soldiers.
The development prompted the other three soldiers at the scene to revenge the attack before a detached policemen at the CBN, allegedly opened a canister and began to shoot sporadically.
TheNewspad reports that shooting led to a blockade of busy Akpakpava road axis while commercial around the area and the King square were temporally disrupted.
It was gathered that the traffic around the King square and environs convulsed in a traffic snarl while pedestrians and motorists scampered to Safety.
“A man was intercepted by men of the Mopol and his phone was ceased by the policemen at the Bank”, he said.
According to him, “Instead of him (Civilian) to dialogue with the police personnel who were in the line of duty haven been accused of receiving a phone call at the CBN premises, he invited two military personnel suspected to be soldiers in the Nigerian Army.
“Upon arrival of the two soldiers, who peeved at the ugly sight of a young man who was been molested by the mobile policemen, led to a free for.
“As if that wasn’t enough, another Mopol brought out a very solid pipe and started wiping the soldiers.
“Suddenly, four soldiers who were passing by stopped at the scene to assist the soldiers and the Mopol were quick to commence shooting”, he said.
A popular Pentecostal preacher who took to social media to condemn the incident, said, “At the CBN, there are caution signs on “No parking; No stopping; No toll; No phone call.
“A Civilian was said to have answered his call and walked up to the CBN gate on Akpakpava road. That how it started”, he wrote.
Our Correspondent could not assertion if there was any casualty has been recorded in connection with the incident.
Contacted, Edo State Commissioner of police, Mr. Babatunde Johnson Kokumo, feigned ignorance about the incident while responding to the inquiry by TheNewspad.com on Friday.
He however referred our Correspondent to the Spokesman of the police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor who did not respond to several phone calls put to his personal mobile number repeatedly.