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VIDEOS: Illegal Toll Collectors Attack Truck Driver, Leave Conductor in Coma in Abia

Nunya Junction, Okigwe – Umuahia Road, Abia State – June 9, 2024

In a disturbing incident that occurred this morning, videos have emerged showing illegal toll collectors blocking the road and collecting unauthorized tolls at Nunya Junction along Okigwe – Umuahia Road. Despite the Abia State government’s ban on such activities, these individuals continue to operate, even on Sundays when they are not supposed to be on the road.

The incident, which took place around 8:30 AM, shows the illegal toll collectors stopping a large truck, assaulting the driver and conductor. The conductor was severely beaten and is now in a coma, currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia. The attackers also caused significant damage to the vehicle.

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Disturbingly, a police checkpoint was situated near the scene of the incident. The video footage shows police officers present but not intervening to stop the attack or arrest the perpetrators. This has raised serious concerns about police complicity and inaction.

Ambassador Stephen Ime, Director-General of CIIPAD Nigeria and member of the National Anti-Corruption Coalition with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja, reported that the police officers were familiar with the attackers, even addressing them by name.

The Abia State Commissioner of Police has been notified about this brutal assault. Following an SOS call, the police have reportedly arrested two of the suspects involved in the attack. However, the incident highlights the ongoing issue of illegal toll collection and the urgent need for stricter enforcement of the ban to ensure the safety and security of road users in the state.

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The general public is urged to be aware of these illegal activities and report any such incidents to the authorities to help curb this menace.

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