Revenue officials flee as Truck Drivers lock down Abuja-Lokoja highway

By Editor on 18/10/2017

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There is total traffic lock down along the Abuja-Lokoja highway following the alleged killing of a tanker driver by the officials of the Kogi state revenue board.

According to eyewitness reports, the truck driver, heading to the South West from Maiduguri was said to have been flagged down by revenue officials early Wednesday morning.

The demand by revenue officials that the driver pays a revenue fee of N5,000 was said to have generated a heated argument and subsequently resulted in physical fight when the vehicle was impounded.

An eyewitness account alleged that the late driver told them that he had only N1,500 and could only part with N1,000 and this drew the collectors’ ire.

The eyewitness further revealed one of the revenue officials, under the influence of alcohol, allegedly hit the tanker driver with an iron object, which led to the death of the driver.

This was said to have attracted the fury of other truck drivers who, in a show of solidarity for their colleague, parked their vehicles on the highway and brought vehicular movement to a total stand still.

The driver, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was allegedly hit on the head with clubs following the argument and he collapsed and eventually died.

In the ensuing milieu that followed the death of the driver, the Abuja-Lokoja road was blocked, resulting in heavy gridlock which left many travelers from both sides stranded.

The Chairman of the Kogi chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Tanko Ali, who also confirmed the development, said the truck was coming from Maiduguri and was accosted by the revenue men around 1 a.m.

He said that the failure of the driver to pay certain dues led to an argument, during which they allegedly descended on him and in the process, he was beaten to death.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP William Aya, confirmed that the tanker driver had issues with the Agricultural produce revenue collectors.

He also confirmed that the issue led to blockage of the road, but denied any knowledge of death of the driver or anyone else at the scene.

He said that the police, in collaboration with other security agencies, were working hard to clear the road.

Many travelers were stranded on both ends of the Murtala Muhammad Bridge in Lokoja.

Following the driver’s death, the revenue officials were said to have escaped into the bush.



Posted on October, 18 2017

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