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Tanker drivers block Rivers road over alleged killing of colleague

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Following the alleged killing of their member by security personnel attached to a government task force team in the area, Tanker drivers in Rivers State have staged a protest.

The enraged truck drivers blocked the Emohua axis of the East-West road in protest.

It was gathered that the murdered driver, whose name could not be obtained, was stopped by the task force team allegedly constituted by Emohua local government authority before the disagreement started.

Report has it that an argument ensued between the driver and the task force and that one of the security men working with the team allegedly shot the driver.

However, a driver, Alex Igbani-Owhor, who confirmed the incident said the aggrieved truck and tanker drivers used their vehicles to block the two sides of the road within Ogbakiri junction to C4I along the road, not giving access to other vehicles going and coming into Port Harcourt.

Igbani-Owhor said the truck and tanker drivers have vowed to remain on the road until their colleague is revived or those responsible for his alleged death are brought to book.

Igbani-Owhor said following the development, road users are now stranded as they cannot proceed on their journey. He called on relevant authorities to urgently intervene in the matter.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, denied police involvement.

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