There was pandemonium at Mokola, Ibadan, on Thursday as police and army officers engaged themselves in a shootout.
It was gathered that the army personnel were reacting to the attack on one of their men at Mokola by some policemen on Wednesday following an assault on a female police.
They resorted to shooting when the army officers allegedly stormed the Mokola Police Station to question the harassment of one of its personnel.
It was learnt that a soldier was brutalised by the police on Wednesday after a policewoman was assaulted by two soldiers.
An eyewitness said, “At around 3pm, soldiers numbering about 10, stormed the station and beat the policemen on duty. We learnt that the attack was in retaliation for the brutality of a soldier on Wednesday night.
“We learnt that it all started when the police were doing ‘stop and search’ in front of the station.
“Today, (Thursday) policemen on duty were manhandled and beaten with belts. They shot into the air. There was commotion as people took cover. There was gridlock on the road in the area as a result of this.”
Attempts by our correspondent to get reactions from the police and army on the incident as of press time failed.