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In Abuja Hostages taken as police, soldiers clash with FRSC officers

Soldiers and police officers reportedly assaulted a female Road Safety marshal and escalated the confrontation.

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Hostages taken as police, soldiers clash with FRSC officers play Masked police officers (illustration) (Guardianngr)

A clash between soldiers and police officers attached to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has led to a hostage situation in Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

According to a report by Premium Times, the clash started when the AEPB task force members tried to serve the Road Safety office with a violation notice on Wednesday.

Soldiers and police officers with AEBP reportedly assaulted a female Road Safety marshal and escalated the confrontation, an allegation denied by the security agents.  They alleged that they were resisted from serving the Road Safety the notice they brought.

As a result of the heated clash, a soldier was reportedly wounded while a civilian staff of the AEPB was "taken hostage" by the Road Safety marshals, which spurred the soldiers and police officers with the AEPB team to seize a Road Safety officer.

According to the report, each side has refused to release their hostage unless the other side releases their team member first, resulting in a stalemate that has caused a traffic situation in the area.

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