Soldiers and policemen clashed on Tuesday during the visit of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to inaugurate some projects.
Osinbajo was in the state to inaugurate schools, GSM Center and facilities for displaced children in the state, executed by the administration of Governor Kashim Shettima.
While Osinbajo, Shettima and Deputy Governor Usman Durkwa were inaugurating a school along Bukumkutu road in the state capital, security operatives attached to them clashed.
The confusion started when the garrison commander, operation Lafiya Dole, Mike Alechenu prevented vehicles attached to to the deputy governor to join the convoy of other dignitaries.
Alechenu used a stick to smash its windscreen as the lead vehicle in the convoy of Durkwa attempted to move.
The army commander also used the stick to hit the driver of the white Hilux van conveying security operatives before ordering his men to deflate the tyres of any of the deputy governor’s vehicles that attempted to “move an inch”.
Soldiers were seen attaching knives to their automatic rifles in order to carry out their commander’s order.
Alechennu also threatened to handcuff the aide-de-camp of Durkwa, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), who had appealed for calm.
“This is a matter of security, you don’t tell me what to do. I’ll bundle and handcuff you if you move an inch from this place,” he warned.
This led to junior police officers blocking the road in protest.
It took the intervention of men of the Department of State Services (DSS) to bring the situation under control.