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Two shot as army, police clash in Bayelsa

Two people were shot when unidentified army and mobile policemen from the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service clashed over a traffic violation at the Tombia-Etegwe Roundabout in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The two victims, Miss Tarilayefa Ariweriyai, 29, and Otunu Omanepemo, 39, were shot, presumably by soldiers attached to an oil service company in the state.

Mr. Omanepemo said he was shot in the buttocks.

According to an eyewitness, a soldier in mufti drove a van against traffic and was confronted by the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service. During the argument, a mobile police attached to the vigilante group allegedly slapped the soldier for challenging them.

A trader on the scene, who requested anonymity, told Radio Nigeria that when they discovered the man was a soldier, they begged him to drop the case.

According to the trader, he pretended to accept the apology and drove away, only to return with two armed colleagues, swooped on the cops, and began hitting them with the butt of their rifles.

“The fighting raged on until one of the mobile cops disarmed one of the soldiers, while the other military officer began shooting sporadically.

As the soldiers left the scene, two people on the road received gunshot wounds from the shooting.

Mr. Doubiye Alagba, Chairman of the state vigilante group, dropped a rifle cartridge at the Akenfa Divisional Police Station, where the incident was reported.

He said it belonged to one of the soldiers.

Asinim Butswat, the state’s police public relations officer, confirmed the incident and stated that the police and military were investigating.

Reporting by Alambo Datonye, editing by Daniel Adejo and Saadatu Albashir