NSCDC officer shoots driver in Abia for lockdown – Hundreds of road users were brought to a halt on Wednesday on the Umuikaa, Isiala Ngwa South LGA-Abia state axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway when teenagers took to the streets in protest at the murder of a commercial driver by a Nigerian security official Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Isiala Ngwa Division, whose identity could not be determined at the time of this report’s submission.
Our correspondent noted that the commercial driver who carries perishable and non-perishable food has reportedly had an argument with NSCDC staff about issues that are close to money.
An eyewitness said that while the argument was still going on, the driver tried to drive off, a situation that caused the NSCDC officer’s anger and caused him to shoot the driver.
However, the situation did not go down well with the region’s youth trying to lynch the NSCDC officials.
The suspect, who narrowly escaped death, came across a police station in the area for security reasons.
An eyewitness said: “The driver, who was carrying tomatoes among other things, was approaching the civil protection checkpoint, where they (NSCDC) enforced the governor’s (Ikpeazu) order on COVID-19 after stopping him.
“We didn’t know what they were discussing initially, but when the temper flared up, the driver accused him (NSCDC) of extortion.
“The driver said that he could not give him more than he gave him (the NSCDC officer) (bribery) and insisted that the restriction regulation has no effect on drivers who carry food.
“When the mood was high, we went and watched the drama from a distance.
“The driver tried to drive off and next we heard a shot. We all ran away and when we came back we saw the driver in the pool of blood.
“The shot attracted people in the area and when they saw what had happened, the youth and others blocked the Express in protest.”
The NSCDC Abia State Command PR officer, Ndukwe Aguiyi, could not be reached for comments.
However, a source from the command, who yearned for anonymity, said she had already contacted the Isiala Ngwa department, under whose jurisdiction the incident provided headquarters information about the incident.
The source stated that the command had already set up a committee of inquiry on the issue, adding that the command did not tolerate an act of indiscipline and unprofessional behavior on the part of its personnel.
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