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In Borno Police Commissioner, Army Commander condemn shootout

While sympathizing with the policeman, who was affected in the fracas, the security chiefs stressed that a joint committee will look into the cause of the fracas

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Following the shootout between Police and Soldiers at the Maiduguri Government House over distribution of bags of rice, Borno Police Commissioner, Aminchi Samaila Baraya and Commander, 7 Division Garrison Operation Lafiya Dole, Col SB Kumapayi have condemned the activities of their men.

In a join statement, the security chiefs condemn the acts of their men saying it was rather an unfortunate incidence.

"The Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force in Maiduguri jointly condemn this unfortunate incident which was quickly brought under full control within minutes," the statement reads.

While sympathizing with the policeman, who was affected in the fracas, the security chiefs stressed that a joint committee will look into the cause of the fracas and punish anyone found culpable.

"The Army and the Police are jointly investigating the cause of the fracas with a view to ensuring that anyone found culpable amongst the security men are made to face disciplinary measures in line with laid down rules of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Findings and measures taken will be brought to public knowledge as soon as possible," the security chiefs said.

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Continuing, Kumpayi and Baraya explained in details how the shootout began in Borno saying, "In the morning hours of today, Thursday, June 23, 2016, there was an unfortunate fracas between a soldier and a policeman around the office of the Deputy Governor over a disagreement which led to the unfortunate shooting of a policeman on his foot. The policeman is responding to treatment and has been visited by the theatre commander, operation Lafiya Dole, Major General LEO Irabor and the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Aminchi Baraya, both of whom went together to sympathize with the policeman.

"By way of background from the Permanent Secretary, Government House and Security, Mr Ahmed Sanda, the Borno State Government had on Sunday, June 19, 2019 began the distribution of rice to internally displaced persons living in the host communities of Maiduguri and Jere metropolis. The distribution was meant to take place at 28 wards of the two local government areas unfortunately, when the exercise was launched in old Maiduguri ward for Jere local government area and at Shehuri north ward for Maiduguri on Sunday, hoodlums overpowered the committee in both instances and made away with many bags of the rice meant for the displaced persons.

"As a result, officials tasked with the distribution shifted the exercise to two premises around the office of the Deputy Governor outside the Government House in order to ensure security of the food items while beneficiaries were identified and issued with allocation notes to give them access to the distribution centers. The exercise had gone smoothly since Sunday with some wards covered, until the unfortunate development today, Thursday.

"The Army and the police operating in Borno assure the general public that they will continue to collaborate and work together towards their ongoing counter insurgency and civil security efforts that have led to the emerging peace in Borno State.

"The Army and the Police commands in Borno State call on all personnel to exercise restraint in the cause of their duties and should strive to respect one another and work together to secure innocent citizens and maintain peace," the statement read in full.

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Maiduguri Government House reportedly witnessed a drama involving police officers and soldiers who engaged in a shootout over the distribution of bags of rice.

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