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A group of soldiers attacked policemen in Ekiti state

The clash allegedly started after a policeman challenged soldiers for extorting motorist.

 A policeman, Cpl. Abdulkadir Yakub, was allegedly stabbed with a jack-knife by a soldier.

A clash broke between officers of the Nigerian army and police officers in Ekiti state on Thursday after a policeman reportedly challenged a soldier for allegedly extorting money from motorist and causing traffic in the process.

The police officer, Corporal Abdulkadir Yakub, was reportedly stabbed with a jack-knife by an angry soldier.

The Punch reports that Yakub sustained deep cuts in the head and buttocks after soldiers numbering up 17 in number descended on him.

The soldiers were said to be returning from the Governor’s Office after a courtesy visit to Governor Ayodele Fayose.

Cpl Monday Agom, who was on duty with the victim when the incident occurred at about 2.00pm, said Yakub was attacked by the soldiers after he pleaded with them not to cause a traffic gridlock during the alleged extortion.

Agom said: “One of the soldiers stopped a man in mufti who happened to be a policeman right in his car and demanded the car key, while Yakub was trying to pass him to allow for the next person in line, so as to free traffic which was already building up.

“Yakub then explained to him (the attacker) that the man he stopped is a police officer and that he should allow him to go as stopping him there would cause hold-up.

“This statement infuriated the soldier who immediately slapped Yakub, before bringing out a jack-knife with which he started cutting him at several parts of the body.

“I then joined other people to rescue Yakub from the soldier, who has started shouting ‘I will kill you, idiot; I will kill you, idiot” even as his colleagues (soldiers) had started punching Yakub who was already soaked in blood.”

The Mobile Policemen whose station was close to the scene were said to have mobilised to the scene and attacked the soldier in return.

It was learnt that one of the soldiers also sustained head injuries in the fracas.

The Officer in Charge of Army Operations in Ekiti, Cpt. Joshua Zoaka, who raced to the scene, and his team were also attacked with tear-gas by policemen.

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