Just yesterday, we reported the case NSCDC officers shot Keke driver for overtaking, later got their van burnt by angry youths, today the committee is once again accused of attacking drivers in Benin.
Drivers at the GRA Park on Third Junction Benin – Edo state capital, took to the streets in protest over the alleged attack by officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
According to the drivers who spoke to the press, it all started when some NSCDC officials blocked the park entrance with their vehicle. Some leaders of the park appealed to them to make way for free movement, but their appeal was met with heavy resistance as the officials pounced on them.
Members of the park trooped put to protest over the alleged brutality by NSCDC officials
A driver at the park, Erabor Osaretin, disclosed that the NSCDC officials attacked some of their drivers who told them to move away from the entrance. This was corroborated by another driver, Monday Erhader, who said that he was physically assaulted for telling the officials to make way for a vehicle driving into the park. Adding his voice to the narrative of what transpired, another driver, Benson Ezeghagbe, stated that one of the NSCDC officials stabbed a driver at the back with a dagger. As members of the park made to retaliate, the officials escaped from the scene.
Public Relation Officer NSCDC Edo State Command, Efosa Ogbebor, said that he was yet to receive information of the incident, but believed his men would not act in such manner. He however stated that anyone found wanting would be shown the exit door.
Benin drivers protest against the harassment of NSCDC
The protest disrupted activities along the Murtala Muhammed Way, leaving scores of passengers stranded as they were unable to get vehicles heading to their destinations.
The stabbed driver was reportedly rushed to the hospital when he was receiving treatment.
>>> Check out latest auto news on Naijauto.com for updates!