A policeman has allegedly killed Donatus Vonkong, a Warrant Officer of the Nigerian Army providing security for Abubakar El-Kanemi, Shehu of Borno, at his palace.
The armed policeman was said to have returned to the palace area drunk around midnight on Tuesday.
According to sources at the palace, the policeman who was under the influence of alcohol, started “misbehaving” and Vonkong, a warrant officer in the Nigerian Army, who heads the security unit at the palace had to intervene.
“He first ordered that the policeman be disarmed, but his policemen colleagues started begging that he would be fine,” one of the sources said.
When contacted, the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor described the incident as an “isolated case”.
Promising that thorough investigations will be launched to prevent a recurrence, Akpor also revealed that there are mechanisms for handling such cases among all the security agencies.
“In any case, when things like this happen, it could be accidental, but there are procedures for handling such issues. It does not suggest inter-agency conflicts. This is an isolated issue, and when they do occur, the various services have mechanisms for handling them.
“And I’m very sure that Operation HADIN Kai will investigate and carry out the necessary clear mechanism to ensure that it does not happen again. The most important thing is that we guide against future occurrences.
“There are mechanisms for handling such issues, it does not in any way portray conflicts between the military and the police. After all, they are all deployed together for the overall efforts of counter-insurgency operations over there”.