At least one person was injured when soldiers and police exchanged fire as they fought over food items distributed by the Borno State government to mark the Ramadan fast.
According to Premium Times, the incident happened at the Borno State government house on Thursday.
It was gathered that Borno State government has been distributing large amounts of rice and Semovita to poor residents of the state since Monday.
On Thursday, thousands of people converged at the entrance of the government building in Maiduguri, forming a lengthy queue of men, women and the aged who hoped for either a 25kg bag of rice or Semovita, or both.
As the distribution started, police barred vehicles from accessing the venue, except those on special permission.
At about 11am, a Nigerian Army truck showed up, insisting on gaining access to the venue where rice and Semovita were being shared.
Suspecting that the soldiers were trying to help themselves to the handouts, police officers demanded they turn back immediately.
This led to an argument and an angry soldier allegedly opened fire, injuring a policeman in the leg, witnesses said.
The police responded and gunshots rent the air as thousands gathered scampered for safety.
The Nigerian Army and the Police have however condemned the incident.
In a joint statement released last night, army and the police said the incident was condemnable even as they vowed to investigate what went wrong and punish those found wanting.
The statement which was jointly signed by Col. S.B Kumapaiye, Commander, 7. Division Garrison, Operation Lafiya Dole and Aminchi Samaila Baraya, Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command.
The incident comes just weeks after soldiers and policemen engaged in a brawl inside a banking hall in Ado Ekiti
You can read the full statement here.
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