● “We confirmed three bodies but we fear there are more,” a witness said.
● Naval officers blocked fire fighters from extinguishing the inferno set at the police station.
Three policemen were reportedly burnt to death on Tuesday, following a clash between Policemen and some officers of Nigerian Navy in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
The naval officers allegedly set the deceased ablaze in their station during the fight.
The misunderstanding between the two parties had started at a police checkpoint.
Sources said the unrest was a continuation of an initial skirmish between a police traffic officer and a naval officer at a traffic light near the Calabar Stadium along the Airport Road on Tuesday afternoon.
“Some naval officers ran the red light and police traffic officers intervened, but rather than listen, they descended on the policemen and beat them up,” a witness said. “This was around 5 p.m.”
“Police officers now called for back up and and the Navy also called for reinforcement and they took over the road leading to the airport.
“But the Navy Commander and police commissioner in the state intervened and the two sides backed down,” the witness said.
“However, around 8:00 p.m., when everyone thought the matter had been resolved, naval officers descended on Akim Police Station and started shooting and burnt down the facility.
“We confirmed three bodies but we feared there are more,” the witness said.
The witness also accused the naval officers of blocking fire fighters from extinguishing the inferno set at the police station.