Nigeria: Policeman held over 'armed raid on police station'

A Nigerian policeman's reportedly been arrested in connection with an armed raid - on a police station.

Daily paper Punch says the officer was carrying 29 rounds of live ammunition when he demanded access to a force motorbike at the station in the south-western city of Ibadan. When the vehicle inspection officer refused, the disgruntled cop allegedly fired into the air while his two accomplices grabbed the bike. In the ensuing free-for-all, however, he was overpowered and detained by other policemen, reports the paper. The area's police PR chief is quoted describing the officer's actions as "unacceptable".

Police corruption remains rampant in Nigeria. According to the campaign group Human Rights Watch, Nigeria's police force continues to be implicated in rights violations such as extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and extortion-related abuses. Attacks by policemen on their colleagues, however, would seem relatively rare.

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