Nigerians React As Protesters Block Abuja-Kaduna Expressway
Travelers for Eid el-Kabir stranded on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway as motorists protest alleged killing of a commercial bus driver by policemen on Friday (image courtesy: Ibrahim Bashir/BJO/NAN)

The Kaduna-Abuja Highway has been blocked as commercial drivers protest over the alleged killing of their colleague by the police for refusal to give N2000 bribe.

Concise News gathered that the drivers reportedly blocked the highway in the early hours of Friday, making thousands stranded on the road.

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Eyewitnesses said the deceased, a J5 driver, was shot around midnight at a checkpoint near a floor mill company in Kaduna.

The driver was allegedly transporting smuggled rice to an unknown destination.

It was gathered that a Dangote female truck driver was the first to arrive at the scene and used her truck to block one of the lanes and other drivers joined her to block the other lane.

The drivers insisted that they would not remove the barricades until the Kaduna state governor and the commissioner of police in the state address them.

The action, however, angered most motorists trapped.

”They shouldn’t have taken this measure considering the Eid-el-Kabir festival, which is just two days from today,” a passenger Musa Garba said.

Garba, who was heading to Sokoto from Enugu, said they were trapped since 3:00 am.

Other motorists, who condemned both the police and truck drivers for their action, urged the state police command to come to their rescue.

The effort by the few militaries and other security personnel at the scene to open the road failed as the aggrieved drivers were not ready to cooperate.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the state government was working to resolve the problem.