The exchange of gunfire on Thursday at Government House, Maiduguri, between policemen and soldiers following disagreements over food items was not only disgraceful, it marked a dangerous low in discipline and morality among those to whom Nigerians have entrusted the security of their lives and property.

The authorities of the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army have launched a joint inquest into the fracas, which was said to have broken out after some soldiers tried to jump the queue during a Ramadan food items distribution exercise. The exercise was sponsored by the Borno State government and supervised by the police.

The authorities should get to the root of the matter and bring all culpable officers to justice for the sanctity of the revered national security institutions.
– Vincent Obia