‘Two Killed by Navy ‘ in Police Station ARSON Attack
At least two Nigerian police officers have been killed after a member of the country’s navy attacked and burned down a police station in Calabar.
A senior Nigerian police official confirmed to Newsweek that two people were killed and one severely injured in the attack, which took place Tuesday night in the port city of Calabar, near the border with Cameroon.
“About seven, eight others are injured. The police have gone down there,” says the official, who asked to remain anonymous. The official would not confirm if the attacker was a member of the Navy but says he is a “member of a known security agency.”
The incident occurred after a skirmish between a police traffic officer and members of the navy on Tuesday afternoon in Calabar, according to Nigeria’s Premium Times. The traffic officer attempted to stop the navy members from driving through a red light, which resulted in a scuffle.
The dispute died down after senior police and naval officials intervened. But later in the evening, naval officers attacked a local police station and “started shooting and burnt down the facility,” a witness told Premium Times. It is not clear whether one or several attackers participated in the incident.
The Nigeria Police Force had posted images of burning cars, which it claimed was taken from the incident, on its official Facebook page earlier on Wednesday, but the images have since been taken down.
The Nigerian navy has not publicly commented on the incident, and did not respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.
The conduct and discipline of Nigeria’s security forces has come under scrutiny from human rights groups, particularly in light of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s northeast. Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian military of detaining suspected Boko Haram members in appalling conditions, including in the Giwa barracks in the city of Maiduguri, where the group said almost 150 people died between February and May 2016 alone. The Nigerian army denied the allegations.
The Nigerian military also clashed with members of the country’s largest Shiite group, Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in December 2015 in the northern city of Kaduna. A government commission found that soldiers had killed 348 members of the IMN in the clashes; the group said that the death toll was much higher.