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Published On: Thu, Apr 11th, 2013

Sporadic Shootings in Asaba, as SSS, Delta Task Force Clash over Alleged Traffic Offence

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Asaba, the Delta State capital yesterday, witnessed a clash between operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) and officials of the State Task Force on Traffic Control attached to the Ministry of Transport.
The Nation learnt that four traffic officials were injured during the fracas.

Some motorists in Asaba have condemned the uncivillised behaviour of the Task Force officials as they have often attacked motorists in a bid to enforce traffic laws.
Recently, a motorist was chased into the premises of a private transport company by men of the Task Force.
The motorist afraid he was about to be kidnapped, raised an alarm, which attracted law enforcement agents.
Sporadic shooting took place resulting in a melee as innocent bystanders scampered for safety.
It was gathered that the victims were detained by the SSS, but later released and taken to the hospital for treatment.
It was gathered that trouble started when a senior SSS official allegedly contravened traffic laws at the Government House Road, Asaba.
Sources said the Task Force officials accosted the suspect, who introduced himself as an SSS official but his explanation was disregarded.
The task force officials allegedly manhandled the SSS official and seized his car keys .
It was further gathered that the SSS official mobilised men from the Command Headquarters and trailed the Task Force officials to a nearby eatery.
An eyewitness said when the Commissioner, Ben Igbakpa, visited the SSS Headquarters, SSS officials shot sporadically into the air, prompting a response from Igbakpa’s security detail.
The Task Force officials allegedly regrouped and stormed the SSS office to demand their colleagues’ release, but the ensuing confusion led to another round of shooting.
Igbakpa confirmed the incident, adding that the matter has been resolved.


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