Coronavirus: Soldiers, police fight in Delta over lockdown enforcement

Coronavirus: Soldiers, police fight in Delta over lockdown enforcement

- Soldiers and policemen have engaged in a bloody clash in Delta state

- They fought over the enforcement of the state lockdown

- A soldier reportedly lost his life in the process

Soldiers and policemen have reportedly engaged in a bloody battle at Bomadi town in Bomadi local government area of Delta state.

The security men were on patrol to enforce compliance of the lockdown imposed on the state by the governor.

The Sun reports that the argument between both parties was over violation of lockdown rules.

According to the newspaper, the argument consequently became heated up before turning violent.

As a result of this, a soldier was shot at a close range.

This is said to be in retaliation to the shooting of a policeman who was hit in the stomach by the bullet from the soldier’s rifle.

Going further, the paper reports that the injured police officer is identified as Sergeant Chukwudi Osuali. He is said to be in critical condition.

Meanwhile, had reported that a native of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun state, Deji Oladimeji, has vowed to march from Lagos to Maiduguri should the Nigerian Army capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau alive.

Oladimeji, who resides in the Ajah area of Lagos, disclosed this while reacting to the Army’s recent feat against the fleeing terrorists.

In the last one week, the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have shown aggressive gallantry and bravery, crushing the insurgents at every instance.

No fewer than 150 lost their lives when an attempted attack turned to soar in Buni Gari, Yobe State, as they met superior fire from the troops.

At the thick of things is Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General T.Y Buratai, who recently relocated to the Theatre of Operations to lead the final clearance.

There are reports, however, that Shekau suffered heavy bruises from the multiple offensives which have so far consumed some of his top generals.

Military authorities reveal that Shekau's body language is that of one ready to surrender.

If you talk about body language, the body language is there. If he makes any move in that regard, you will know but from the onslaught from troops, they can’t hide anymore," coordinator of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Major General John Enenche, said.

Although the military added that there was no official contact with the terror leader yet, Nigerians have kicked against such move, calling on the troops to finish him once and for all.

However, Oladimeji, who is a popular businessman in his neighbourhood wants Shekau captured alive.

Should that happen, the 40-year-old promised to hit the road in a victory walk from Lagos to Maiduguri.

Oladimeji said: “I must commend our troops for recording such incredible momentum at a time there is a crisis in the world. They have given us something to cheer about."

“I’ve always believed in the COAS. He has shown to be a man that is fearless and ruthless even though he is very jovial. He is dedicated and committed to correct the ills of previous governments," he said.

He, however, said that as the whole world can see victory is already sealed with Shekau begging for settlement.

"I wish he can be captured and made to pay for his sins gradually. If that can be achieved, I will trek from Lagos to Maiduguri even if it takes me one year," he added.

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