Soldiers have restored calm to the area, but tension hangs in the air.
There was palpable tension in Nyanya/Karu Abuja, after some soldiers guarding St. Mary’s Catholic Church allegedly tortured an Okada rider leading to protest by some commercial riders.
Witnesses say shots were fired during a brief confrontation between soldiers and scores of protesting Okada men, but there was no immediate reports of fatalities.
A resident of Nyanya, who gave his name as Adamu told PREMIUM TIMES that trouble began after a commercial motor cyclist, who conveyed a lady to the church, parked in front of the Church where parking is prohibited.
The man was reportedly asked by the soldiers guarding the church to move away from the area.
“I don’t know if the man refused, because the next thing was a soldier beating him mercilessly and forcing him to drink water from the gutter,” Adamu said.
He also said the Okada riders in the area subsequently mobilized themselves and came to the area to protest because the Okada rider is a Muslim who was fasting and was forced to break his fast.
He also said the Okada riders who mobilized were very many in number and there were shootings.
“There was more gunshots and some of them were caught by bullets. More soldiers came to the place and everywhere is calm now,” he added.
Dozens of military men remained up the road when a PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter visited the scene, and passersby were asked to raise their hands.
None of the soldiers was willing to talk to us and referred us to ‘higher authorities’.
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