Robbery Aftermath: Ekiti Drivers Protest Colleague’s Killing

ekiti driversAngry commercial drivers on Wednesday unleashed mayhem on some policemen on duty at a checkpoint on an expressway in Ekiti State, destroying two of their patrol vehicles.

The group of Ekiti drivers also allegedly attacked the Divisional Police Officer in the Council, Mr Anthony Okpaleye.

The violence followed a robbery on the road which resulted in the death of one of their colleagues, an incident the drivers blamed on Police negligence.

It was reported that the robbery took place between two Police checkpoints along Aramoko-Igede highway.

But the Police spokesman in the state command, Alberto Babayemi debunked the allegation by the Ekiti drivers that the Police did not respond in time.

The driver, Mr Toyin Philips, was reportedly killed by suspected highway robbers at about 7am.

The 18-passenger bus he drove was owned by the late Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mr Omolafe Aderiye, who was assassinated in September, 2014 by unknown gunmen.

Road Transport Workers Partner PAN On Made In Nigeria Cars

MUSA 1In a bid to patronise locally manufactured cars in the country and encourage local content, the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has concluded plans to buy cars produced locally by Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN).   

The National President of the Association,  disclosed this during a visit of the association’s national executive members to PAN, in Kaduna.

He stated that the partnership with PAN was in order to support the federal government’s Automotive Development Plan which was launched to promote investment in the automobile sector, as well as create employment for the youths.

While appealing to Nigerians to patronise made in Nigerian cars, he also called on the federal government to put a total ban on importation of used vehicles into Nigeria in order to encourage local production.

The managing Director of PAN, Ibrahim Boyi commended the road transport workers for showing such patriotism and urged other corporate organisations and government agencies to emulate the association, assuring them that the company has the capacity to meet the demands of Nigerians.