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Truck drivers block Abuja-Lokoja Highway over police shooting

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Abuja—Protesting truck drivers, yesterday, blocked Abuja-Lokoja Highway at Kwali, because policemen shot the tyres of a truck belonging to a prominent industrialist.

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, FCT Sector Commander, Mr. Gora Wobin, confirmed the blockage, which caused gridlock that trapped several travellers and other users on the ever-busy expressway.

He said after the said shooting, other truck drivers, in solidarity, mobilised and used their vehicles to block both sides of the highway, bringing traffic to a halt.

Wobin added that he contacted the Police Command in the FCT, transport unions and the two FRSC Unit Commanders close to the scene, to intervene.

According to him, “report reaching me from my men is that the protesting drivers said they won’t back down until the tyres of the truck are fixed.

“The two FRSC unit commanders in that axis and operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, are there to see how they can dialogue to prevail on them to remove the vehicles from the road.”

Meanwhile, in a statement by Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, Abuja, said Police operatives led by the Area Commander Gwagwalada, ACP Mijinyawa Jahun, have cleared the road of trucks.

It advised people to adopt legal and legitimate means in expressing grievances instead of taking the laws into their hands.

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