A mob consisting of motorists and hoodlums carried out a violent protest on Thursday, May 23, 2019, destroying police posts and setting four police vehicles ablaze over alleged police intimidation in the Zuba area of Abuja.
Over 200 hundred in number, the mob were seen burning tires in the Madalla-Zuba section of the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway. Police officers around were not spared as they threw stones at them.
Movement in the area was shutdown between 8 o’clock to 10 o’clock in the morning before the police arrived in large numbers and contained the situation.
According to reports, the problem began when some police officers stopped a motorcyclist for routine search, and knocked him down in the process. It was alleged that the police officers had attempted to cease his motorcycle after efforts to extort money from him proved abortive.
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Narrating the incident, one of the motorcyclists who identified himself as Hassan said police officers were fond of harassing motorcyclists in the area and extorting money from them.
“We are (like) their Automated Teller Machines. This cannot continue. They may kill some of us but this will not continue,”
DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Public Relations Officer of the Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) confirmed the event, and said that the force would investigate the matter discreetly. According to him, those found wanting would be arrested and persecuted accordingly.
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“The FCT Police Command sternly condemns the unfortunate activities of some hoodlums in the early hours of Thursday that resulted in the obstruction of vehicular movement, vandalism and burning down of observation posts belonging to the police and the Federal Road Safety Corps at Zuba,”
Manzah further stated that the miscreants destroyed properties of the Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The road was later opened for law abiding citizens and residents to go about their daily business.
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