Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) yesterday clashed at the venue of the All Progressive Congress, APC, primary election in Akure, the Ondo State capital
The security agents threw caution to the wind and engaged in a gun duel that led to pandemonium among aspirants, journalists, delegates and observers who were at the venue to witness the primaries.
Trouble , according to a source started in the morning at the venue of the primaries, the International Events Centre , popularly called “DOME when some policemen accused some NSCDC officers of not saluting the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Mr. Joshak Habila and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in charge of zone 11 who came to monitor the exercise and subsequently walked them out from the venue.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that when the two senior police officers came into the venue, all the policemen on ground stood up to salute them but the two NSCDC officers sat down without giving them proper complement.
The development, according to the source made the senior police officer on ground to orderthem to leave the venue of the primaries immediately.
However, the opportunity for the NSCDC officers to revenge came when their State Commandant, Mr. Adeyinka Fasiu wanted to enter the venue of the exercise but was prevented by the police officers.
The development led to a confrontation which later degenerated to the sporadic shooting between them .
All the journalists, delegates, passers-by and observers at the venue of the primary election, started running for cover to avoid being hit by stray bullet.
It was the quick intervention of the other security agencies and senior police officers on ground that doused the tension and returned normalcy to venue of the primaries.