… colleagues block Aba Road in protest
By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—Tricycle operators in Imo state, yesterday, blocked the road leading to Aba, in the state, following the death of one of their members, who was crushed by a truck driver allegedly chased by members of the Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission, ENTRACO.
The incident, which generated tension in the state, occurred very close to the fence of the Owerri Capital Development Authority, OCDA, along Port Harcourt Road.
According to an eyewitness, “we saw the men of the ENTRACO team pursuing the truck with number plates KZR-217ZT from the Control Post area towards Port Harcourt Road.
“The ENTRACO team, using a Siena bus, were trying to stop the truck driver, but unfortunately the driver lost control and veered off the road before ramming into the tricycle, killing the man on the spot.”
The eyewitness added that the colleagues of the tricycle driver, irked by what they described as avoidable death of their member, mobilised to the office the Imo ENTRACO, where they barricaded the road.
When Vanguard visited the ENTRACO’s office along Aba Road in Owerri, the men of the policemen had cordoned off the area to avoid any break down of law and order.
Confirming the incident, ENTRACO’s boss, Mr. Jeff Nwaoha, disclosed that the truck driver drove against traffic and was not chased as being claimed.