Following Tuesday’s clash between the navy and police in Calabar, indications emerged on Wednesday that some naval operatives used a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) to bring down a section of the Akim Police Barracks in the Cross River State capital.
Trouble started earlier on Tuesday when an unidentified naval rating was shot in the left shoulder by a policeman over an alleged traffic offence.
The situation later degenerated as a section of the Akim Police Station, which is located along the busy IBB Way, was allegedly burnt by navy personnel, while two police vehicles were set ablaze.
It was learnt that two policemen, identified as Sergeant Odudu and Corporal Emmanuel Mbang, were shot dead at a close range, while a third policeman, identified simply as Ibiam, was shot in the left eye.
An eyewitness, Samson Inok, said at least three navy operatives emerged from a nearby gutter and shot the policemen who were trying to escape from the station. Read more