Angry tanker drivers have shutdown Yola/Jalingo highway in the morning hours of Sunday to protest police brutality against a tanker driver, near Mayo Belwa town.
Major Nigerian towns are currently facing a fierce protests by youths under the banner of #EndSARS to protest police brutality and bad governance.
An eyewitness Muhammad Ali told our reporter on phone that the incident happened near Mayo Belwa bridge when police officers from Karewa area command in Yola accosted a tanker driver who was transferring fuel from his reserve tank to the main tank and demanded bribe.
“A tanker driver whose fuel got exhausted was trying to transfer fuel to the main tank from his reservoir.
” Some policemen from Karewa area command who are notorious for extorting motorists accosted the tanker driver and demanded bribe from him.
“When he failed to heed to their demand, they descended on him, beat him up to stupor and even tore his clothes. The people have to swoop on the policemen, rescue the hapless man and rushed him to hospital,” Ali disclosed.
Another eye witness Sale Zaiti also told our reporter that for close to two hours, angry tanker drivers have shutdown the highway demanding justice for their colleague.
“The drivers have become tired of the atrocities being perpetrated by the police. That is why this time they shutdown the highway to demand justice for one of them who was brutalized for committing no crime.
” The situation is now causing serious tension as commuters plying the highway have become stranded for hours.
“The authorities should take stiffer action to ensure that such policemen are brought to justice as they constitute a threat to peace and security,” Zaiti said.
Commenting, the image maker of Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje said he was intimated about the development and is making concerted efforts to reach out to the Karewa area command.
“I have heard about the commotion and I’m now trying to contact the Karewa area command for more information and necessary action.
” We will surely take the proper action. If the police are found wanton in this regard, Adamawa police command will not hesitate to mete our punishment to them,” he said.
The police command has sometimes this year dismissed one of its men for allegedly killing a motorcycle rider in Maiha local government area if the state.