Army Officer Shoots Truck Driver Following Dispute on Expressway

Date: 2024-06-11

According to a news report from This Day, an army officer reportedly shot an unidentified truck driver on the Okoolowo expressway in Ilorin, Kwara State. This incident occurred last Sunday following a disagreement between the truck driver and the army officer.

In response to the shooting, trailer-truck drivers in the area blocked the road in protest.

An eyewitness, who preferred to remain anonymous, told journalists that the incident began when the truck driver encountered soldiers placing trees on the road, leading to an altercation.

In a separate incident, gunmen attacked a military base in Tegina, Rafi local government area of Niger State, injuring two military personnel.

“During the process, one of the officers fired shots at the truck and the bullets penetrated the vehicle and hit the driver in the arm and neck.

“The victim was later rushed to the University of Ilorin General Hospital (UITH) for medical attention.”

He, however, stated that “there are reports that he later died but we don’t know whether it is true.”

But, an army source, who confirmed the incident to THISDAY, however, denied the death of the victim, adding that the army had taken up his treatment.

The Army PRO, Sobi, Stephen Nwankwo, said yesterday that “I will get back to you once I am able to access the scene. It’s blocked now.

He was yet to do so before filing this report.

Meanwhile, gunmen yesterday attacked the military base in Tegina in the Rafi local government of Niger state injuring two military personnel.

During the raid, some civilians were caught and injured in the cross- fire between the gunmen and soldiers.

However, the leader of the gunmen ,according to reports from the area, was killed during the encounter with the soldiers.

It was gathered that the gunmen were going towards Mashegu to rustle some cattle when they came to military base leading to the face-off

The Chairman of Rafi Local Government Area, Alhaji Ayuba Usman Katako, confirmed the story, saying that the two soldiers shot were responding to treatment at IBB Specialised Hospital Minna.

Katako further said the security men in the area “ are trying their best to maintain peace and security of lives and property and therefore pleaded with the people to be patient with them. The Police in the state has not commented on the incident.

 


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