Ogidi (Anambra)â€” Business activities were brought to a halt when bus drivers blocked the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway to protest alleged police shooting of their colleague, Wednesday.
The protest, which took place between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., was staged at New Site, near the building and bakery materials markets at Ogidi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to one of the drivers, speaking on condition of anonymity, a bus driver was shot by a mobile policeman manning a road-block at New Site.
He said: â€œTrouble started when a mobile policeman at the road block insisted that one of us (drivers) must give him N20.
â€œBut our colleague refused giving out the N20 to the mobile policeman on the ground that he was not carrying enough passengers and had given them money in the previous trips.
â€œAs he wanted to move amidst the hot argument that ensured, the mobile policeman opened fire and shot the driver who fell down.
â€œHe was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. There is fear that he might lose his life due to over-bleeding as a result of the gun shot,â€ he said.
Case settled, says Police
When contacted, Mr Philemon Leha, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, said he was not in the state as he was attending a conference in Abuja.
However, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, said the matter had been settled but refused to talk about the condition of the wounded driver.