Men of the Nigerian Army and the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) on Sunday clashed in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State leaving scores of people, especially children, injured.
The incident took place at Akaajime, along the ever busy Mkar-Gboko road, when worshippers were going to church for morning service.
A stray bullet was reported to have killed one person, while many others that were said to have been injured were rushed to unnamed hospitals for treatment.
It was gathered that trouble started when the newly wedded Army Lance Corporal (name withheld) and his colleagues were heading to the church for a thanksgiving at Mkar when a police SARS patrol team on routine patrol, overtook the army vehicle and blocked them.
A witness told newsmen in confidence that: “In an attempt by the army to overtake the SARS vehicle, the SARS officials started shooting sporadically at the army ordering them to park.
“The army personnel explanations that they were going to the church fell on deaf ears of the SARS as they reportedly requested for the identity cards and vehicle particulars of army officers who were mostly in muffty.”
The witness further explained that: “When one of the army guys brought out his ID card, the SARS leader grabbed the it and from there, it became a serious trouble between the uniform men and the police were shooting sporadically to scare the army but the army boys didn’t give a damn even as they were not carrying any weapons on them them.
“The soldiers were with a private Nisan car with their colleagues who wedded on Saturday.”