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Nigerians stranded as protesters block Abuja-Kaduna expressway

Thousands of Nigerians have been trapped for hours while articulated vehicle drivers block both lanes of the Abuja-Kaduna road.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the road was blocked after the death of one of the drivers, who was allegedly shot by a police officer for refusing to bribe N2000.

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Eyewitnesses said the deceased, a J5 driver, was shot around midnight at a checkpoint near a mill company in Kaduna. The driver allegedly transported smuggled rice to an unknown destination.

It was deduced that a Dangote truck was the first to arrive on the scene and used her vehicle to block one of the lanes and other drivers joined her to prevent the different path.

The drivers insisted that they would not eliminate the barricades until the state governor of Kaduna and the state police commissioner addressed them.

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The action, however, angered most of the motorists caught in the scene, who condemned the unfortunate incident.

“They should not have taken this step considering the Eid-el-Kabir festival, which is only two days away today,” said one passenger, said Musa Garba.

Garba, who was heading to Sokoto from Enugu, said they were trapped from 3:00 a.m. Other motorists, who condemned both the police and truck drivers for their action, urged the state police command to rescue them.

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The effort of the few soldiers and other security personnel at the site to open the road failed as the aggrieved drivers were not ready to cooperate.

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