10 February 2012
THE commercial city of Onitsha was, on Thursday, in turmoil as an angry mob took over the city protesting against the killing of a bus driver suspected to be a member of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) by policemen on account of his refusal to give N20 at a checkpoint.
The incident occurred when the driver of a Coaster bus with registration number AA 768AHD, identified as Edwin, drove away from a checkpoint by ABS junction, and was pursued by one of the policemen who caught him, deflated the tyres of the bus and thereafter shot him in the neck, killing him instantly.
The conductor of the bus, Samuel Ekwueme, who was weeping profusely, said that the driver gave the policemen N20, which they refused and insisted that he should give them N50, “My oga said that he had paid in the former trip and drove away. But we did not know that one of them was following us on motorcycle and he intercepted us and shot my oga in the neck and immediately escaped.”