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Sanity returns to Mararaba, Nasarawa

08 October 2012, 16:15

Nasarawa  -Sanity has returned to Mararaba, a densely populated settlement in Nasarawa State, near the FCT, after Sunday afternoon's unrest.

Eye witnesses at Mararaba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that trouble started when a "subsidy bus driver’’ violated a police man's directive on the highway.

Malam Musa Ishiaku, a road side seller of garden eggs, told NAN that the driver was stripped naked by the police officer and taken to the "B" Division of the Nigeria Police in Mararaba.

Ishiaku said the police action prompted spontaneous protest from other drivers and miscreants who took advantage of the situation to force police officers on duty to retrieve.

"The miscreants burnt empty cartons and unused tyres on both sides of the highway, thereby disrupting free vehicular movements."

Ishiaku said that shops were hurriedly closed down by their owners for fear of possible attacks by the hoodlums.

He said the situation continued until the soldiers arrived the scene to assist the police to put the situation under control.

Ishiaku said that police stations in the area were almost over run by the miscreants before the suspect was released.

The Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mararaba branch, Mr Benard Adeyi, said he had to rush to the office and effect the release of the erring driver for the return of normalcy.

Adeyi said the driver had no right to disobey the police officer's instruction.

The Divisional Police Officer in the Area, Mr John Emega, said he led his men to disperse the miscreants and removed the bonfire on the highway to ensure free flow of traffic.

He commended the efforts of the armed soldiers who were called in to assist the police to quell the riot.

Emega warned members of the public to desist from taking the laws into their hands on every minor situation. (NAN)


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