Kaduna-Abuja highway: Police arrest Inspector, commence investigation into killing of truck driver

The Nigerian Police has arrested an Inspector alleged to have been involved in the killing of a truck driver on the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Friday. Further, the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Police Command, Ali Janga has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo on Friday.

The Commissioner confirmed that the Inspector involved in the incident has been arrested. Furthermore, he affirmed that proper investigation would be conducted into the circumstances of the killing.

Janga commiserated with the family of the deceased truck driver. In addition, he assured them and members of the public that the Command will ensure that justice is done on the matter.

The Police Commissioner called for calm. He pleaded with the Drivers Unions not to take law into their hands by causing further road blockade. He submitted that such measure will only cause severe difficulties to the public and other road users.

Ist News had reported that drivers of articulated vehicles had blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Friday. The drivers were protesting the killing of their colleague by a Police man.

Motorists, road users suffered for hours on Kaduna-Abuja highway
The protest spanned close to six hours and led to the total shut-down of the busy highway.

The development caused untold hardship for thousands of motorists and passengers plying the Kaduna-Abuja highway. Many took to social media to call on the Kaduna State Governor, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other authorities to intervene.

1st News reports that the truck driver was on his way to Abuja from Katsina. However, he was allegedly shot dead at about 5am by a police man on duty along the highway. The incident reportedly happened when the motor boy was haggling with another policeman who demanded for a N1000 bribe.

Eye-witnesses report that the suspect was said to have run into the bush after the shooting. Also, eye-witnesses claim that the other policeman fled the scene with their patrol vehicle shortly afterwards.

Updated: August 10, 2019 — 8:02 am

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