Po­lice pre­vent mob from burn­ing crashed truck at Gwag­wal­ada

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Po­lice men from Gwag­wal­ada di­vi­sional head­quar­ters Satur­day morn­ing pre­vented an an­gry mob from set­ting a truck ablaze af­ter hit­ting a commercial cy­clist in the area.

Our re­porter, who ar­rived the scene some few min­utes af­ter the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred near a bridge at Gwag­wal­ada, along the Abuja-Lokoja road, ob­served as some people, sus­pected to be commercial cy­clists, rounded up the truck on the ever-busy ex­press­way, a sit­u­a­tion that caused traf­fic jam for more than an hour.

The truck was later drove to the Gwag­wal­ada Po­lice Di­vi­sion on the or­der of some po­lice­men, who rushed to the scene, while of­fi­cials of the Federal Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC) were busy con­trol­ling traf­fic.

A wit­ness said the truck loaded with ce­ment, was com­ing from Lokoja axis of the road and knocked down a cy­clist af­ter cross­ing the pop­u­lar Gwag­wal­ada bridge.

“The Okada man was cross­ing to the next lane when the trailer knocked him down. It was the quick in­ter­ven­tion of po­lice­men that pre­vented the mob from burn­ing the truck,” he said.

Ef­forts to reach the Gwag­wal­ada Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, Mr. Patrick Da­wol, was not suc­cess­ful, as he was said not to be on sit when City News vis­ited the sta­tion but a po­lice of­fi­cer, who craved anonymity, con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

He said the po­lice de­cided to in­ter­vene when they dis­cov­ered that an an­gry mob wanted to burn the truck.

“The truck driver is still at the po­lice sta­tion and the truck has also been im­pounded, while the an­gry mob was pleaded with,” he said.

When con­tacted, Gwag­wal­ada unit com­man­der of the FRSC, Al­haji Ahmed Abubakar, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing the cy­clist sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and was rushed to the Univer­sity of Abuja Teach­ing Hospi­tal for at­ten­tion.

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