By Toby Prince
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that tanker drivers who blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Friday would pay for their action.
The drivers blocked both lanes of the highway to protest the death of one of them who was allegedly shot by a policeman for refusing to give N2,000 bribe.
Eyewitnesses said the deceased, a J5 driver, was shot around midnight at a checkpoint near OLAM Floor Mill, Kaduna.
The driver was allegedly transporting smuggled rice to an unknown destination.
The road blockage organised by the protesters left thousands of road users stranded.
El-Rufai, in a tweet on Friday, said the state police commissioner was investigating the incident but added that the drivers would pay for the roadblock.
“The State Commissioner of Police is investigating and reporting to our Attorney-General for immediate prosecution of the trigger-happy officer, but the tanker drivers have no right to do what they did, and must pay the price as well,” he said.