A truck driver was beaten to coma Saturday by soldiers at a stop-and-search checkpoint near the University of Jos students’ hostel, along Jos-Bauchi road.
The driver, according to a witness, was rushed to a nearby health centre for treatment.
A spokesperson for the Special Task force on Jos crisis, Ikedichi Iweha, requested time to ascertain details of events at the checkpoint.
Mr. Iweha, an army captain, said their members were trained and responsible, therefore, could not have committed the act they were accused of.
Meanwhile, other truck drivers barricaded the road with their vehicles, insisting that the checkpoint be dismantled.
Our source said that the security men at the checkpoint demanded money from the truck driver, but the unfortunate driver resisted, therefore he was mercilessly beating.
We could not confirm that claim.
The incident has created panic among commuters on the route, and traffic has built up on the road, which is the gateway from north central to north eastern states.
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