For hours, thousands of Nigerians have been trapped as articulated vehicle drivers block both Abuja-Kaduna highway lanes.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that after one of the drivers died, the highway was blocked, supposedly fired by a policeman for refusing to offer N2000 bribe.
Eyewitnesses said the deceased, a J5 driver, was shot around midnight at a checkpoint near a floor mill company in Kaduna.
The driver was allegedly transporting smuggled rice to an unknown destination.
It was gathered that a Dangote female truck driver was the first to arrive at the scene and used her truck to block one of the lanes and other drivers joined her to block the other lane.
The drivers insisted that they would not remove the barricades until the Kaduna state governor and the commissioner of police in the state address them.
The action, however, angered most motorists trapped at the scene, who condemned the unfortunate incident.
”They shouldn’t have taken this measure considering the Eid-el-Kabir festival, which is just two days from today,” a passenger, Musa Garba said.
Garba, who was heading to Sokoto from Enugu, said they were trapped since 3:00am.
Other motorists, who condemned both the police and truck drivers for their action, urged the state police command to come to their rescue.
Effort on the scene by the few army and other safety staff to open the highway failed as the challenged drivers were unwilling to collaborate.
However, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the government was working to solve the issue.