Truck Drivers Protest On Abuja-Lokoja Highway
Protesting truck drivers have blocked both lanes of the Abuja-Lokoja highway in Kwali, thereby bringing all forms of vehicular movement to a total standstill.
Naija News gathered that the police shut the tyres of a Dangote truck along the highway, forcing other drivers to mobilize and block the roads in solidarity with their colleague.
The incident was confirmed to NAN by the FCT Federal Road Safety Corps, sector commander, Gora Wobin, who also stated that efforts are on-going to restore movement.
Mr Wobin disclosed that though the protesters are still angry, he has contacted the Police Command in the FCT, transport unions, Dangote factory and the two FRSC Unit Commanders close to the scene, to intervene.
He said, “But the report I am getting from my men is that, the protesting drivers have said they won’t back down until the tyres of the truck are fixed.
“The two FRSC unit commanders around that axis are there now to see how they can dialogue to prevail on them to remove the vehicles from the road first.
“If the vehicles are removed, then the issue can be sorted out thereafter.
“So, they are working on that alongside with operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), who I learn are also there trying to resolve the situation.
“I have tried to reach the local government chairman, but his phones are switched off.
“I have also contacted a senior transport officer with Dangote company at Obajana and told him about the development, that he should talk to the drivers concerned to remove the vehicles from the road.”
The sector commander also appealed for dialogue in such cases instead of subjecting other road users to hardship.
“Two wrongs cannot make a right. The transport unions should talk to their men not to take the laws into their hands.”
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