Leadership (Abuja)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Naval Officer Kills Policeman

A naval sergeant, Mr Udo Edet, has been arrested for allegedly killing a police corporal identified as Agida Sunday.

Sergeant Edet is currently cooling his heels in cell at the Cross River State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Our correspondent who visited the scene of the crime, reports that Mr. Sunday was stabbed along Barracks Road in Calabar at about 9:30 pm after the Nations Cup final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

What led to the death of the corporal, reportedly started when the naval man, who was driving in a Camry car, collided with one Mrs. Bassey's vehicle, resulting in an argument in which the woman insisted that the naval officer must pay for denting her car.

Naval sergeant, Edet, who felt insulted, allegedly told Mrs Bassey that she was a bloody civilian, threatening to create a scene if she continued to demand that he should repair her dented car.

Exuding his military traits, the sergeant allegedly ignored the woman, making attempt to get into his car in a bid to zoom off, when curious members of the public who were mostly Area Boys, resisted his escape insisting that he must settle with the woman before leaving.

Mrs. Bassey who accused the naval man of reckless driving, immediately put a phone call across to her husband intimating him of the development, and her spouse decided to phone the Akim Area police command, soliciting for their intervention in the matter.

It was gathered the police detachment who drove to the scene in an official vehicle, attempted to invite the naval officer to the station but failed to achieve any result, as Edet was bent on rushing to see his family.

Few minutes later, the late police corporal with one of his friends, arrived the scene which was in front of his shop, seeking explanation to what was going on.

Agida's friend incidentally joined the crowd in appealing to the naval officer to follow the woman to the police station, where the matter will be resolved.

The naval man reportedly got angry, accusing Agida of insulting him and interfering in a matter he not well informed about.

While the Area Boys were making frantic efforts to lynch the naval sergeant, corporal Sunday told the military man not to attack his friend, as he was not involved in the fracas.

In what appeared as transfer of aggression, the naval officer suddenly dashed into his car and brought out a dagger and stabbed the police man.

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