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Tension in Akwa Ibom as a truck driver kills a tricycle rider in Oyo

Tension prevails in Etam International Market and its environs after a tricycle driver was reported killed by a truck driver Sunday night after a heated argument over obstructing access to the market.

An eyewitness, Akan Bassi, told reporters in Oyo on Tuesday that the trouble began when a truck driver tried to negotiate a parking space for easy unloading of rice intended for yolitides by a tricycle operator and tables used by merchants to display. their wares.

The tricycle rider refused to leave the road, he said, noting that the truck driver, enraged by the action, pulled a mat out of his truck and slashed the tricycle rider on the head.

He was later reported dead from severe bleeding and exhaustion before being taken to hospital.

Our source said that the incident, which took place around 7:00 pm and lasted for more than an hour, before Nigerian police arrived at the scene.

He said, “The truck driver was enraged by the refusal of the tricycle operator and business owners to clear their goods on the road until the truck was properly stopped to unload the rice. When he got off the truck to try to clear the road, he met stiff resistance, brought his carpet and while doing so, cut the tricycle man on his head.”

It was learned that the ensuing rage led to the looting of the rice and the truck being set on fire by the bad guys, resulting in the injury of dozens of other victims while the whereabouts of the driver were still unknown at the time of filling this report.

Meanwhile, the market is shut down and taken over by agents recruited from the nearby Itam County Police Station, even as firefighters from the State Fire Service manage to contain the inferno and save the truck from burning to the ground.

Alhassan Saduki, the leader of the Hausa/Fulani community in the city, has now entered the case and sued for peace from both parties as the truck driver is reported to be a Hausa man.

Saduki, who led a delegation of Hausa/Fulani community leaders to a truce meeting with a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Itam also appealed to law enforcement agencies to be proactive and diligent in containing the crisis from snow accumulation to large-scale ethnic violence. war.

“We appeal for calm and urge the security forces to work hard in their investigations,” he added. He said.

Tension in Akwa Ibom as a truck driver kills a tricycle rider in Oyo

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