Police prevent mob from burning crashed truck at Gwagwalada
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.