From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
IGP Mohammed Adamu
It was a bleak day at Felele, a suburb in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Tuesday when the driver of J5 plying along Abuja/Lokoja highway was beaten to death for refusal to pay N500 levy to produce officials on time, a development that also led to heavy traffic gridlock in the ancient city.
Eye witness account told our correspondent that the produce officials pounced on the driver for not bringing out the money on time.
It was gathered that the beating continued even after giving up the ghost without them knowing that he had died.
Our source said he was even stabbed after he had died.
Angered by the killing of the driver, other trailer drivers blocked the Federal Highway insisting on seeing the Governor.
The incident has caused hardship on motorists traveling to the other parts of the country.
Contacted, the Kogi state police Command while confirming the incident said that officers have been dispatched to restore law and order to the area.
The police public relations officer, William Aya told our correspondent on phone, Tuesday that, a J5 bus driver was stopped by the produce officials and asked to pay the statutory N500 ,but along the line they had issues which led to altercation and in the process,the driver was stabbed and he died on the spot.
This he said infuriated other commercial drivers who blocked the highway, causing traffic gridlock.
He said that the state commissioner of police ,Ede Ayuba called the Warring factions and the family of the victim to a meeting in his office on Tuesday and appealed for calm.
He also disclosed that the victim have been buried by the family
According to him, a number of those involved in the incident have been arrested while the area have been cleared and normal free flow of traffic have resumed.