There was confusion on the ever-busy Abuja-Lokoja-Okene road, Thursday [Jan 21] morning, as tanker drivers blocked the road following the shooting of one of them by policemen over alleged refusal to give them bribe. The driver of the tanker, Rufai Isa, was said to have died of gunshot wound sustained from the shooting, which was said to have occurred late in the evening on Wednesday at Osara in Adavi LGA of the state.
Already, the Kogi State command of the Nigeria Police has confirmed that the policeman responsible for the killing had been arrested and detained. Nigerian Tribune gathered that the tanker driver was allegedly stopped by the policemen that were drafted to the highway to maintain security.
However, arguments were said to have ensued between one of the policemen and the tanker driver, which resulted in the policeman shooting at the direction of the tanker driver which eventually led to his death. When the news of the development filtered to other tanker drivers using the road, they mobilised themselves to the scene and blocked the road with trucks.
The development was said to have led to gridlock on the highway, causing tension as many travellers were held up in the traffic. The aggrieved tanker drivers were said to have threatened to take law into their hands and cause breakdown of law and order following the death of their colleague.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that when the situation was getting out of hand, the Commissioner of Police in the command, Bensan Gwana, went to the scene to calm frayed nerves. The Police Commissioner was said to have arrived the scene at about 1.00 p.m., on Thursday, after travellers had been stranded for over 12 hours.