Deputy Governor Calls for Investigation into Navy/Police Clash

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CRS Deputy Governor Ivara Esu in company with a service chief
6 June 2017
The State Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Ejemot Esu has called for full investigations into the clash involving the Nigerian Navy and the Police in Calabar recently.
Professor Esu made the call when Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas paid him a Courtesy Call in Government House Calabr.
He expressed shock at the unfortunate incident involving the two sister Security Agencies which led to the destruction of lives and property.
The Deputy Governor pledged the cooperation of the State Government to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the incidence with a view to bringing to book all those who played direct or indirect role in the unfortunate action.
Professor Esu praised the Service Commanders of the Navy and Police in the State for quick response in finding a peaceful solution towards putting the situation under control.
He appealed to the public not to see the incident as a clash between the Navy and Police but that of overzealous lower rank officers of the two forces.
Earlier, the Chief of Naval Staff, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo informed the Deputy Governor that his visit was to condole with the State Government and people of the State over the unfortunate incident which resulted to loss of lives and property.
The Chief of Naval Staff explained that the incident which has created a gap in the relationship between the two Security Agencies will be properly investigated and promised that a Committee will be set up to look into the immediate and remote causes of the clash with a view to taking proper action against those involved in the incident.
Vice Admiral Ibas maintained that the Nigerian Navy would do all at its disposal to prevent a recurrence of such incident to enable Calabar and the State in general continue to enjoy the peace and hospitality it is noted for.
For his part, the State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa expressed delight at the visit of the representative of the Chief of Naval Staff to ascertain the level of destruction and find solutions to it.
The Police Commissioner assured the State Government of the willingness of the Police cooperation with the Navy to find a lasting solution to the incident while calling for the education of the rank and file of the Police and Navy to create a mutual relationship of live and trust for the interest of the Nation.
The visit was accompanied by the Flag Officer commanding Eastern Naval Command FOC, J. O. Oluwale, Commander NNS Victory, Commodore S.I.D. Jubril and the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation Mr. A. A. Madaki.
Editor’s Note:
This report first appeared on The Mandate