The Army officers allegedly killed three policemen and wounded four others, who were conveying a suspected kidnap kingpin known as Alhaji Hamisu.
The Nigerian Army in its explanation said its troops fired at the undercover police because they mistook them for kidnappers.
The Army claimed that it was not aware that an undercover operation was being carried out by the police in the area.
The Police in a statement made available on its Twiter handle faulted the claim by the Nigerian Army that unfortunate situation was a case of mistaken identity.
The police said its officers were shot at several times by the soldiers “despite sufficient proof that they [were] police personnel on legitimate duty”.
In its statement, the police wondered about the whereabouts of the suspect the Army reported ‘rescued’ from its men.
To get answers to its question, the Nigerian Police vie its Twitter initiated the hashtag #ProvideAnswersNigeriaArmy, which is currently trending.
Read what Nigerians are saying concerning the situation:
You are asking for answers? How many answers have your organization provided for killing innocent civilians?now you can tell injustice bear no name…what goes around comes around #ProvideAnswersNigerianArmy
— Solomon #Omashola (@kraftgottes) August 9, 2019
#ProvideAnswersNigerianArmy.The NPF is now using the social media to communicate her grief more than many of us! Same Nigerians Police don't regard & deal with anyhow! Hmm! Let's be careful in life because it will become a folly to shut down d tool u'll need tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/Q7Xujgm7p8
— Jadesola Goodluck (@JadesolaGoodluc) August 9, 2019
— Newton Ikire (@NewtonIkire) August 9, 2019
I’ve always said it that the bullshit we allow to go unaddressed in this country is enough to go round. If Soldiers are now shooting and killing policemen just to free a kidnapper, politicians with police/military escorts should be really afraid. #ProvideAnswersNigerianArmy
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@LifeOfRouvafe) August 9, 2019
#ProvideAnswersNigerianArmy for everything you do there’s always a payback.
1. Been killing Nigeria 🇳🇬 youths
2. Been illegally extorting Nigerians
3. Been giving innocent people slaps
4. Been abusing our parents by not being able to fight for their children.#Enjoywhatuhave
— ikawurld_ (@ikawurld) August 9, 2019
You people are yet to provide answers to the incessant killings of Nigerians perpetrated by your trigger drunk men. The same trigger drunk men hit you hard now, you're crying like a baby. Your people should protest na. #Hypocrites #ProvideAnswersNigerianArmy pic.twitter.com/8JZyOs3jhu
— #BdEx The Farmer (@bdexibojo) August 9, 2019