Policemen and soldiers clashed over Ebonyi traffic violation

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There was chaos at Udensi Roundabout , few poles to Ebonyi State Government House , Abakaliki , on Thursday when policemen and armed soldiers clashed over alleged violation of traffic rule by the latter.

The fracas started when some police traffic wardens impounded a tricycle, whose operator violated traffic light signals .

An eyewitness , who would not want to be mentioned in print , explained that when efforts to secure the tricycle failed , the operator contacted the owner who was a soldier .

He narrated that some minutes later , the soldier arrived with another tricycle and asked after the traffic police wardens who impounded his tricycle.

This resulted in a fierce fight as the wardens allegedly engaged the soldiers , prompting a detachment of soldiers on guard at the International Conference Centre, Abakaliki , to rush to the scene and joined the fray .

While the matter was being settled inside ICC, a detachment of mobile policemen and operatives of anti – robbery squad arrived the scene and charged at the soldiers.

The soldiers, however , responded by cocking their rifles , while also making calls for reinforcement from their base.

It took the intervention of senior police officers from the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters, Abakaliki , to calm the situation and avoid what would have been a major security scare and bloodshed as reinforcement from an army base arrived the scene minutes later .

When contacted , the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mrs Loveth Odah , said it was an internal matter that should have been settled by the appropriate authorities.

She said the matter ended with no casualty.

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