Police officers, Civil Defence Corps members engage in public brawl

Photo Credit: Saharareporters.com
Photo Credit: Saharareporters.com

The police officers accused the officers of the civil defence corps of interfering with their duties.

Some Nigerian police officers on Tuesday afternoon engaged in a public brawl with officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at Berger roundabout in Abuja.

A witness, who did not want his name published, told PREMIUM TIMES that about ten police officers picked a fight with three Civil Defence officers because they felt the latter were interfering with their duty.

“The police officers were trying to stop a vehicle and the Civil Defence people came to interfere, then the police officers who were more in number attacked them and started beating them up.

“I saw an officer using a whip on the Civil Defence guy while another pointed a gun at him,” the witness said.

Another witness said there were sporadic gunshots with both parties lashing out at each other with whips.

“There were gunshots and then I saw a police officer flogging a Civil Defence officer with a whip while he was trying to run away,” the witness, who would also not like to be named, said.

The fierce fight caused a major traffic gridlock at Berger Roundabout up to Utako Area of Abuja.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that it took the intervention of a Divisional Police Officer from Utako Police Station to resolve the fracas.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Abuja Police Command, Doris England, said she is not aware of the situation and would make inquires about it.

Efforts to reach Ms. England later, proved abortive as she did not pick or return calls made to her phone.

It has only been about six months since members of the Civil Defence Corps were allowed to carry arms.

The federal government on June 13, approved the carrying of arms by officials of the civil defence.

They move, it was said, was to assist other security personnel in the security of lives and property in the country.

  • nicca

    This na old gist jor

  • Serere

    This is a complete nonsense and disgrace to Nigeria as a nation. Is there no scope of operation between the two? How on earth do you think anyone who sees this picture will have respect for us as Nigerians? These are thugs and not peace-makers at all!. What messages are they sending to the younger ones? I think it is time for us to start a thorough background check before a job is given to anyone in Nigeria. I also think a thorough investigation should be conducted and get them sacked for disturbing public peace.

  • Mohammed Amusa

    Police at it again, haba, why can’t them face their job and leave civil defence alone, I have been waiting for this to happen because i know police sees civil defence as a threat most especially with the emergency of the harm to the corps. well, Nigerians are pleases with civil defence manner of work, pls don’t be deter or discourage, Government are in support, God loves you and Masses are with you, continue your good job, useless police…

    God bless Nigeria

  • Ade Tim

    Now I don’t blv ur news again.this pics is for a fight among police officer @ wuse 2 Abuja on sharing formular for wat they made in traffic control.

  • omoo

    He who hate police is a pathological criminal