Nigerian soldiers pursue, shoot trailer loaded with cattle

The motorists plying Nnamdi Azikwe Way in Kaduna on Sunday faced a traffic gridlock resulting from an incident between a trailer driver and soldiers.

The trailer loaded with cattle was pursued around 11 a.m. and intercepted around Dutsinma junction by the soldiers who shot at two tyres of the trailer causing it to completely block the road.

A witness, Aminu Dauda, said about 30 soldiers were at the scene during the incident.

A former Chairman of the Kaduna chapter of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Nuhu Babawo, who intervened , told PREMIUM TIMES on phone that normalcy had returned to the area.

” The soldiers pursued the open body trailer loaded with cattle from toll gate, heading to the south. They shot at the two tyres of the trailer which resulted to the incident that led to a long traffic grid.

“We have intervened and the deputy governor too was here and promised to replace the two tyres. I have also asked that two tyres be brought from my garage to move the Trailer. The situation has been brought under control and vehicles are moving freely now,” he added.

Neither Ahmed Maiyaki, press secretary to the deputy governor, James Sani Swam, nor the Army Public Relations, 1 Mechanized Division, Nigerian Army, Abdul Usman, responded to calls and text messages sent to them.

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