‎DEVELOPING STORY: Wuse market protest spreads, grounds activities in many parts of Abuja

Protesters blocking vehicles and harassing motorists driving around Wuse market.
Protesters blocking vehicles and harassing motorists driving around Wuse market.

The protest that started from Wuse market in Abuja spread to other parts of the Nigerian capital but had started subsiding by 1:00 p.m.

The protesters blocked vehicles and harassed motorists driving around the market, the largest in the Nigerian capital.

The protest spread to Berger, a major transit point in Abuja, with thousands of motorists and commuters stranded.

Several protesters and witnesses confirmed that the protest started after the driver of a painted taxi was shot by a task force in the market on Wednesday morning.

David Johnson, one of the protesting taxi drivers, said the victim was shot by a soldier on the task force.

“That is how the task force normally terrorise us,” Mr. Johnson told PREMIUM TIMES.

There has been no official confirmation on whether or not the victim died.

Another protester, who identified himself as Orne, said the shot victim was not dead but was rushed to the hospital.

“We won’t take it anymore,” he said.

“The driver was shot by a soldier. When he fell down, they (the task force) quickly carried him and dumped him in his vehicle. I saw blood gushing out from the victim at the time they sped off to escape mob attack,” another witness said.

Another taxi driver named Emmanuel, told PREMIUM TIMES that, “those task force are nothing short of evils. They harass us on daily basis, detain our cars and extort money from us without retiring it to the government.”

Danladi, another taxi driver, told a PREMIUM TIMES reporter that he was arrested about six times by officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, and the task force.

“In each arrest I had to part away with amount from N6,000 naira, N7,000 naira up to even N15,000. I’m a pastor, I will not tell lies to you. They never gave me a single receipt.

“This shows that all the monies they collected from us are being pocketed and shared among themselves.

Some armed police officers were seen around Wuse and Berger areas trying to calm the situation, while the market remained shut.

The armed security officials also cleared the various barricades put on Abuja roads by the protesters.

By 1:00 p.m. many of the blocked roads along Wuse and Berger areas had been cleared while several taxis still remained wrongly parked on the roads.

The taxi drivers could be heard saying they wanted to march to the office of the VIO and the task force to continue with the protest.

More details later…


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  • Bigtin

    Nigeria in the precipice…..

    • Kallah Bature

      Yes indiscipline should not be tolerated.What have innocent people got to do with the death of another innocent person in the hands of exuberant law enforcement agencies?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Did you complain like this when they were killing Igbo people recently ?

  • Factsayer

    Zombie in uniform. 95% of Nigerian soldiers will fail mental test

  • Samuel Christopher

    The task force did not do anything strange. What they have done is a tip of an iceberg when compared to the inhuman activities of Nigerian soldiers in Abia State. Am happy that the barbaric act most Northerners once applauded is gradually been meted out to them on a daily basis.

    • George

      And you think in your mind that only northerners reside in Abuja? Amazing!

      • Samuel Christopher

        Am fully aware of the demographic in Abuja. You have to understand that South-East and south-South people has received unimaginable inhuman treatment from those military terrorist. Nothing they do looks new to them any more. Thanks

  • Otile

    The vandals are very strong when they come to bully civilians but become hopelessly important when Boko Haram Muslims challenge them.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    THE BUHARI-BURATAI TYRANNY GOES ON AS THE CIVILIAN KILLING ARMY COMMANDED BY BUHARI UNLEASHES ENDLESS MAYHEM ON UNARMED CIVILIANS.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    A difficult country, a country of unending corruption. Someone once said that corruption can only be stopped if every Nigerian 2years old and above is killed; and the remaining population allowed to grow up and rule the nation.