An operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abia State command, has allegedly shot dead a motorist at the former toll gate, Umuikaa, on the Enugu –Port Harcourt expressway.
Eyewitnesses told iBrandTV that the bus was loaded with rice and tomatoes while the driver whose identity was yet to be ascertained, wasn’t carrying any passenger.
On approaching the former toll gate where NSCDC now maintains a checkpoint, the operatives ordered the driver to stop and he was said to have complied.
The eyewitnesses said; “The Civil Defense people demanded money from the driver, but he refused. They also demanded him to hand over the key of the bus to them, but he also refused that he committed no offence.
“And the operatives wanted to impound the bus. One of them threatened to shoot him if he failed to comply with the order. Without delay, he shot the driver who lay in a pool of blood. People raised alarm and started clustering the scene but the NSCDC team fled to the Umuikaa police station.”
The driver died before he could get medical attention. Sources disclosed that his corpse has been taken to a morgue in the area
Piqued by the incident, angry youths of the area embarked on protest and demolished the checkpoint mounted by the NSCDC.
Contacted, Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Abia State Command, Ndukwe Agu, said the Command is investigating the incident.