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Panic in Jos as Soldiers, Policemen exchange gunfire over disagreement

Reason took flight in Jos at the weekend as Policemen working under the Task Force on the ban of Commercial Motor Cycles in Plateau State and soldiers of the Special Task Force, STF, engaged in gun-fight over the Task Force’s attempt to arrest a soldier who was involved in commercial motor-cycling.

Scan News gathered that three persons sustained varying degrees of injuries at the time the dust had settled down. Residents panicked and people fled in different directions to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

It was learnt that the Task Force on Okada ban comprising the Policemen, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps and other security agencies in the state were on routine patrol when they accosted a military man in mufti on motorcycle at Hill station round about.

While they were struggling to impound the motorcycle from him some of the STF men within the vicinity mobilised to extricate him from being arrested  and his motorcycle carted away, the struggle led to a face-off between the two  security agencies.

In the encounter that ensued, the policemen released canisters of tear gas with a view to dislodging the STF men to aid their escape with the motorcycle but the military stood their ground while some men of STF who got wind of the incident from their operational base trooped to the scene.

Spokesman of the STF, Captain Salisu Mustapha, confirmed the incident, adding that the matter has been settled.

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