Tanker drivers plying Abuja-Lokoja highway yesterday blocked Murtala bridge, Jamata, to protest alleged killing of their member by officials of Kogi state revenue board.
The tanker driver was allegedly killed over N5, 000 fee, an amount payable as revenue for trailers passing through the state, which led to total blockage of bridge at Kotonkarfe, as no vehicle was able to pass through the gridlock.
Commenting on the incident, the state President of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Owners (NURTO) , Alhaji Abubakar Ali, lamented the hardship caused by the action of the revenue officers , saying “the tanker was coming from Yobe state when the vehicle accosted around 1am on Wednesday shortly before Jamata bridge by the men of Kogi state produce revenue collectors demanding N5,000 as the amount payable for passing through the state.”
The union leaders disclosed that the driver’s plea for leniency proved abortive as the officials used sticks and other dangerous objects on him until he allegedly collapsed and died in the process.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were still investigating the cause of the problem.
Coordinating director in charge of road toll, Mr John Salifu, said the tax collectors were agents of federal government but that Kogi state merely provided enabling environment for them to operate, explaining that the quarantine agents were not members of Kogi state internal revenue service.