Nigerian Navy officers
By Jude Okwe
Relationship between officers and men of the Nigerian Navy and their police counterparts in Calabar, Cross River State is on ice following the killing of a police corporal, Sunday Agida, by a naval officer, Udo Edet, immediately after the Nigerian-Burkina Faso match on Sunday.
Edet is currently being detained at the Cross River State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Nigerian Police for allegedly using a dagger that was inside his car to stab the police corporal. Corpse of the deceased has been deposited in a mortuary in Calabar pending conclusion of investigation on the matter.
The deceased met his untimely death along Barracks Road in Calabar, at about 10 p.m. after the Nations Cup final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso in response to a distressed call to his station by a lady, whose car the naval man had earlier smashed and refused to repair as demanded.
THISDAY checks revealed that the road to his untimely death commenced when the naval officer, who was driving a Toyota Camry Car collided with that of one Mrs. Bassey resulting in a heated argument with the woman insisting that the navy officer must pay damages for denting her car.
Edet felt insulted by the insolence of the woman whereupon he reportedly called Mrs. Bassey a ‘bloody civilian’ who can do next to nothing and threatened to create a scene if she persisted that he repairs her car.
A crowd soon formed with most of those present pleading with him to offer to repair the car since he was at fault.
All the pleas fell on deaf ears as Edet rather exhibited his military braggadocio threatening to deal with anyone who dares him. He out rightly ignored the lady and made attempts to zoom off but was prevented by “area boys” who dominated the crowd.
The street urchins demanded that he must pay damages to the woman or he will not leave. This left the naval officer in a dilemma.
Bassey had accused the military man of reckless driving and decided to call her husband on phone to inform him of what happened and the insistence of the Edet to get away with it. The husband wasted no time in informing the police at the Akim Area Command of the incident and solicited for their intervention so that Edet would be brought to book.
Without much ado, a detachment of policemen drove to the scene in a pick up van and invited Edet to their station to make his statement on the incident. He rather insisted on rushing to see his family first but was denied the request.
Not too long, the late police corporal and one of his friends arrived the scene which was in front of his shop seeking explanation on what happened.
Both Agida, friend and the crowd appealed to the navy man to follow the lady to the police station so that the matter could be ironed out but Edet rather got angry and accused Agida of insulting him and also for interfering in a matter that he knew nothing about.
While the Area Boys were making frantic efforts to lynch the naval officer, Agida told Edet not to attack his friend as he was not involved in the fracas. But in what turned out to be a transfer of aggression, Edet in a feat of anger suddenly dashed into his car and brought out a dagger with which he stabbed the policeman opening a hole in his stomach which saw his intestines falling out.
When it dawned on him that he has committed murder, the military man started wailing, “my wife o, My children o. God help me. What have I done to this man.”
He was immediately arrested by the policemen and taken to the Akim Area Command.
Agida joined the police in 2009, got married to Mercy with the union blessed two children. She is presently carrying a two-month old pregnancy.
She appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Naval Staff and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to wade into matter, lamenting her husband was killed like a common criminal by a blood thirsty naval officer.