Police operatives ‘kill’ trailer driver in Benue over illegal levy

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A trailer driver was reportedly shot dead by operatives of the Nigeria Police in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday.

According to eyewitness reports, the policemen shot the driver dead over an illegal collection of N3000.

A Facebook post by local human rights activist, Ukan Kurugh revealed that the trailer driver was stopped by the operatives who mounted a road block and was asked to remit N3000 but he gave them N1500 stating that he didn’t have a full truck and can’t pay more than that.

An argument ensued over the driver’s refusal to pay the illegal levy and the operatives shot and killed him.

It was gathered that the trailer driver was heading out of Anyiin in Logo LGA to Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State when the incident happened.

Meanwhile, aggrieved trailer drivers have blocked the Anyiin road in Logo Local Government Area to protest the extrajudicial killing of their colleague by men of the Nigeria police.

Efforts by our reporter to get Police comment on the incident, proved abortive as the spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, Catherine Anene, did not respond to calls made to her phone.

By Sunny Green Itodo

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