MilitaryNewsNigeriaLorry Drivers Block Onitsha Headbridge in Protest Over Alleged Shooting of Tanker Tyre by Navy
By Anastasia Mbabie (Staff Reporter)
Drivers of various articulated vehicles, including lorries, tankers, and tippers have blocked the Niger Bridgehead in Onitsha in protest.
The West African News Pilot Newspaper reporter, learned the protest was triggered by extortion by naval officers operating on the bridge, who insist on collecting N1,000 from them as a bribe.
The driver’s however decided to block the road on Saturday morning, after a naval officer shot and punctured the tyres of a lorry because its driver refused to pay a N1,000 bribe.
At 10 am on Saturday, it was learned that the entire stretch of the Onitsha-Enugu expressway was blocked for hours by lorries, who protested the treatment of their colleagues.
According to some members of the union who spoke anonymously, “Men of the Nigerian Navy at the Uga junction, Onitsha has an issue with our driver, which they claimed led to the shooting of his vehicle tyre.
“Our fellow drivers on seeing the development parked their vehicles and requested that the punctured tyre must be replaced, that is why there is protest here.”
At the time of filing this report, some concerned individuals and navy officers were trying to negotiate with lorry drivers on the need to open the road to motorists.
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