There was a mild anxiety at the Shehu of Borno palace in Maiduguri when a yet-to-be-identified policeman gunned down Donatus Vonkong, a Warrant Officer of the Nigerian Army attached to the Operation Hadin Kai.
Multiple sources told newsmen on Wednesday, that the culprit (policeman) was under the influence of alcohol.
Quest Times gathered the development caused pandemonium in the area as aggrieved youths vowed to hunt down policemen seen in the area.
Reacting, the military spokesperson, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said there are mechanisms for handling such cases among all the security agencies, noting that thorough investigations will be launched to prevent recurrence.
“In any case, when things like this happen, it could be accidental, but there are procedures for handling such issues. It does not suggest inter-agency conflicts. This is an isolated issue, and when they do occur, the various services have mechanisms for handling them.
“And I’m very sure that Operation HADIN Kai will investigate and carry out the necessary clear mechanism to ensure that it does not happen again. The most important thing is that we guide against future occurrences.
“There are mechanisms for handling such issues, it does not in any way portray conflicts between the military and the police. After all, they are all deployed together for the overall efforts of counter-insurgency operations over there,” he told Daily Trust.