A group of angry truck drivers blocked the Zaria-Kaduna highway this morning, protesting the shooting of one of their colleagues by soldiers.
According to Premium Times report, the soldiers had shot their colleague at a military check point at the dismantled toll gate near Tudun Wadan Dankande in Igabi local government, Kaduna state.
Narrating what happened, Salisu Babayo, a commercial driver, alleged that the truck driver was shot because he refused to give the soldiers N200.
“The trailer driver insisted on giving them N100, which they declined and opened fire on him around 11:00pm Sunday night,” he said.
Babayo explained that after the incident, other truck drivers blocked the road around 3a.m. in protest of the soldiers’ action.
“The traffic gridlock is getting worse. Right now, it is around Kawo-Maraban Jos, Birnin Yero and is going beyond Jaji cantonment. It will get up to beyond Zaria if the authorities do not do anything to resolve the issue. Some soldiers who managed to get to the scene had to leave because they could not control the situation,” the commercial driver added.
Babayo pointed out that the soldiers at the check point been extorting N200 from drivers for some time now, saying they are already used to it.
He however, wondered why they would shoot a driver who gave them N100.
Their protest caused a massive gridlock, prompting commuters to abandon their vehicles to trek the long distance.
When contacted, Col. Abdul Usman, the spokesperson of 1 Mechanized Division Nigerian Army, said they are investigating what really happened and some personnel have been drafted to do that.
A number of innocent civilians have been sent to an early grave by power drunk security officials in Nigeria. In May, a tricycle driver, Akeem Aranse was allegedly shot dead by a police officer, identified as Mohammed, during an argument.
About a week ago, a police corporal was lynched by a mob in Gombe after he shot and killed a 37-year old man, Mallam Gana in self defence.