Protests as truck kills three in Ebonyi community
A truck reportedly veered off the road and killed three youths suspected to be motorcyclist and two passengers at Akpoha community, in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi on Saturday morning.
The sad incident was said to have anger the youths who stormed the Afikpo-Abakaliki Expressway to protest the killing of three youths by a truck driver. who dumped their corpses in the bush.
According to PUNCH, a community source who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed sadness over the development and advised commuters not escalate the development.
“We are not happy over this development. A truck killed three of our youths and dumped their corpses in the bush and that’s why we are protesting about it.
“I will advise people [road users] to turn back. We are not happy at all. How can the truck driver kill our youths and hide their corpses?” the source said.
The Afikpo-Abakaliki Expressway, Akpoha axis, was said to have become impassable by commuters as vehicles were seen in a video parking along the road, while others were making a reverse to avoid running into the angry youths in the area.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Aliyu Garba, explained that the incident was occasioned by an accident.
“It’s as a result of a fatal motor accident where an Okada rider and passenger were crushed to death,” he said.
PUNCH reported that sources said the Chairman of Afikpo North LGA, Mrs. Obiageri Oko-Enyim; and a coordinator in the area were on top of the matter to calm the youths and clear the expressway for commuters.