Personnel of the Nigerian Army and that of Nigeria Police Force clashed in Zaria over a judgement passed by a Mobile Court sitting at Agoro in Zaria local government area of Kaduna state, against a soldier for violating the states’ lockdown order on Monday.
An eye witness, Mallam Sani Samaila, a resident of the area told Blueprint that the fracas erupted when a Policeman arrested the soldier and arraigned him before the Court for violating the lockdown order
He said he was tried and fined the sum of N5,000 and his motorcycle was impounded pending when he pays the fine.
The witness said the soldier left his motorcycle and rushed down to his barrack some metres away from the Court’s and invited his colleagues to forcefully retrieve his bike from the Court without paying the fine but the Police attached the Court denied him access to the bike.
Mallam pointed out that if not for the intervention of Secretary of Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Zaria Local Government branch, Mallam Nasir Shafi’i and DPO, Zaria City Division, CSP Kasim Abdul the situation would have been out of control as the Police and soldiers allegedly fired many gun shots into the air.
He however, said there was no casualty during the fracas
Blueprint gathered that the Court Magistrate and other Court staff narrowly escape from miscreants who almost set a filling station on fire.
When contacted, the Kaduna state Police Command’s spokesman, ASP Muhammad Jalige, said he would called Area Commander, Zaria Area Command and get back to our correspondent.