Truck drivers block Lokoja-Abuja Road to protest killing of colleague

The Lokoja-Abuja road has been blocked since around 2pm on Friday by truck drivers in protest of the killing of their colleague.

It was alleged that a military officer shot one of the tanker drivers for refusing to give him money.

The blockage has made it impossible for those travelling to the northern part of the country and those leaving to get to their destination.

Several travelers have been stranded along the Lokoja-Abuja road.

The truck driver, who was said to be coming from the north carrying cattle, was stopped at the military check point at Jamata Bridge. An argument was said to have ensued between the soldier and the driver which later escalated to fracas, and one of the soldiers was said to have open fire on the driver and killed him instantly.

The action of the military men infuriated other truck drivers who witnessed the incident they all then blocked the road with their trucks, making it impossible for road users to travel.

The military men were said to have taken to their hills to avoid been lynched by the angry tanker drivers.

Meanwhile the governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello has described the incident as unfortunate.

In a statement issued by his Director General Media and Publicity, Mr Kingsley Fanwon, the Governor stated that the unfortunate incident is being investigated.

He urged the affected drivers to exercise patience and wait for the reports of the investigations, adding that the Kogi State Government would ensure protection of lives and property as every life is important to government.

The Governor urged residents of Koton-Karfe to refrain from jungle justice as government has enough machinery for investigations and justice dispensation. (Channels TV)

•Photo shows trucks blocking road.

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