By Mitaire Ikpen
ABUJA—The Nigeria Police Force yesterday denied division and indiscipline among its rank and file, following reports of alleged clash between two police teams in Lagos.
The Police authorities regretted that while its Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos was still “discreetly” investigating a company assets ownership feud between one Mrs. Joy Obiageli Agbo and Mr. Joseph Agbara, one of the parties allegedly incited the press to publish a misleading account of a clash between police officers.
In a rather belated rejoinder yesterday, Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olusola Amore, noted that the said publication was not only misleading, but also constituted serious embarrassment to the Police High Command.
Providing sketchy details in a press release, entitled “Two Police Teams Did not clash in Lagos,” Amore said: “The attention of Police High Command has been drawn to a publication captioned ‘Two Police Teams Clash in Lagos’ as published on page 7 of one of the national dailies February 20, 2012.
“It is expedient to keep the records straight. A petition was received from one Mrs. Joy Obiageli Agbo against Mr. Joseph Agbara and was endorsed to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad by Deputy Inspector-General of Police, ‘D’ Department, for a discreet investigation during which the two parties were called and amicable settlement came to light.
“However, on February 17, 2012, Mrs. Joy Obiagili Agbo came to report that while loading some goods into three trailers in the company’s premises, Mr. Joseph Abara brought some thugs and attacked the company workers and consequently injured six of her staff.
“It is unfortunate that, while the Police is still investigating the matter, one of the parties went to the press to publish what was not witnessed by the journalist. His write-up was misleading and embarrassment to the Force.”