The Imo state police command has shared its own side of the story after clashing with men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Recall that the NSCDC commandant in the state had earlier granted a press briefing where he alleged that some police officers forcefully took him to their office and assaulted him after his security details challenged an officer who was blocking his convoy on Sunday, April 24.
In a statement released today April 26, the spokesperson of the Imo state police command, CSP Michael Abattam, denied the allegation, saying it was the NSCDC officers that assaulted a police officer unjustly and detained him for no reason.
The statement reads
”The attention of the Imo State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds on social media captioned “Police Attack Civil Defence Personnel in Imo State”. It is most unfortunate that, some news media will publish stories without confirming same to ascertain the true facts of the story.
The Command view this with all seriousness and sees it as a calculated attempt to dent the robust synergy the Command is enjoying with other Security Agencies in the state since the assumption of office by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc+.
The true facts of the incident that occurred on the 25/4/2022 at about 1630 hours, in the Civil Defense Corps Office, was that on 24/4/2022 at about 2010 hours, a Police Superintendent Ezenwanne Nonso, a Mobile Police Officer and the Armament Officer of No. 18 Mobile Police Force, Owerri, was driving in his car heading to Imo Police Command Headquarters on an assignment, on reaching Control Post Round About, there was a heavy traffic Jam, where drivers were trying to maneuver their vehicles to free themselves from the traffic. While the officer was trying to make way for himself, the Civil Defence Personnel who alighted from his rear, hit the Police Officer’s vehicle violently, shouting and ordering him to remove his vehicle from the road.
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