The Nigerian Navy and their Police counterparts on Tuesday afternoon clashed over the control of movement of tankers in the Ijora axis of Apapa-wharf Road.
It was gathered that two policemen identified as Sergeant Tunde and Mogbojuri, attached to Badia Police Station, were beaten to stupor in the fracas as sporadic shootings were heard in the area.
While the beaten of Mogbojuri was a bit mild, that of his colleague was said to be severe as his uniform was toured by the Naval personnel.
Operators of Tricycles, popularly known as Marwa and drivers of other commercial vehicles which normally use the area as their loading bay, were said to have scampered for safety.
Hawkers, passersby and motorists plying the road to Apapa and Lagos Island had to sort for an alternative root to avoid been dragged into the fracas.
Although, no casualty was recorded, our correspondent gathered that
operatives from both side shot sporadically with their guns placed horizontally.
Preliminary information made available to our correspondent revealed that the crisis started when two Naval Personnel leading a tanker from the Western avenue axis of the road towards Apapa was stopped by the police operatives stationed at the scene of the incident referred to as three squared under the Ijora bridge.
According to an eye witness who identified himself as Mohammed, “the cops had challenged the driver of the tanker for not queueing behind others and also not being cleared by them.
” The action of the policemen angered the Naval ratings, who subsequently leashed some slap on the cops.
“The Naval personnel were joined by their colleagues who were on top of the bridge.
“The Naval operatives, arrived in a pick-up van marked GGE 499 DZ, with OP MESA 3 inscribed on the body.”
Speaking further, that Sgt. Tunde hurriedly ran to the station to inform his superior officers, who immediately followed him to the scene.
Led by the DCO. a female Deputy Superintendent, who name could not be identified, the operations officer DSP.Talabi and the station officer Inspector Asuquo, the victims were said to have narrated the incident to the DCO, who immediately took Sgt. Tunde and two others to the office of the Area “B” Commander Apapa for briefing.
As at the time of filing the report, the team were still in the Commander’s office.