- June 13, 2018
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: Akwa Ibom
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunyemilisi has directed immediate overhaul and regulation of activities of police men patrolling the Calabar – Itu expressway following an incident that occurred at the weekend where some policemen on patrol allegedly maltreated a tanker driver which resulted in a public disorder.
During the incident, commuters along the Itu – Calabar high way were stranded when fuel tanker drivers under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers – NUPENG blocked both sides of the road thus preventing passage of vehicles for more than five hours in protest of what they called police’ brutality and unnecessary exploitation of their members. The affected tanker driver Innocent Ugwu with vehicle plate number ENU 852 YY who spoke exclusively with PLANET NEWS said he had complied with the initial directive of the police but said they refused to release his vehicle.
According to him, he immediately contacted the NUPENG leadership who gave directive for him and his colleague to park their vehicles across the road in protest after the police fired shots and deflated their tires.
Reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon said the state commissioner of police had frowned at the attitude of the officers involved in the incident, stating that appropriate action has been taken to prevent reoccurrence of such unfortunate incident.
Our correspondent, Anthony Esin reports that the police spokesperson however, cautioned tanker drivers and other road users to desist from behaviours capable of causing obstruction to other road users, noting that the incident would have been avoided if the two tanker drivers stopped when the policemen beckoned on them.