Tanker Drivers Protest Detention of Colleague By Police In Calabar

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By Archibong Jeremiah

Tanker drivers disrupting traffic flow during the protest
Tanker drivers disrupting traffic flow during the protest

Tanker drivers Monday morning staged a peaceful protest in Calabar, Cross River State capital blocking the Murtala Mohammed highway by Harbor junction.

The protest according to a driver named Yusuf who spoke to our reporter is to kick against incessant police harassment.

Yusuf revealed that the previous night a driver was badly beaten by a policeman attached to the Harbor division because of parking lot after which he was illegally detained.

The protesters after disrupting free traffic flow for over 30 minutes were beckoned to discontinue the exercise by some unidentified Nigeria Labor Congress officials.

A visibly angry mobile policeman from the Harbor Division was seen throwing tear canisters at some of the protesters.

The protesters said all they want is for their detained colleague to be released.

Shortly after the NLC officials had calmed the nerves of the protesters, men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Calabar Federal Housing Division, arrived the scene in three Hilux vans.

As at the time of filling this report, the protesters had cleared the road with no news about the release of their detained colleague whose name was not gotten.

The police PRO was also not immediately available for comments.

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