Soldiers Kill Revenue Collector in Anambra

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Nigerian Soldiers have Killed  Revenue Collector in Anambra 

A 27-year-old revenue collector was shot dead by a soldier at the checkpoint at the Onitsha Bridgehead in Anambra State on Thursday.

 

Ejes Gist News reports that the soldier attempted to shoot in the air to scare motorists away from going one way, the unidentified victim was killed.

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The situation was said to have caused panic on the River Niger Bridge, with everyone scurrying to safety, causing the bridge to remain calm for the time being as vehicles plying in and out of Onitsha remained stranded.

According to eyewitnesses, the soldiers were chasing down and smashing the mirrors of commercial drivers who were driving one-way on the bridge at the time of the incident.

“As the soldiers tried to stop the motorists from plying one-way,” the eyewitness said. The drivers were also attempting to avoid them, and as one of the soldiers drew his weapon and fired a warning shot into the air to frighten the drivers, the bullet struck one of the revenue collectors standing on the side of the road, killing him instantly.

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“Many traders and other passers-by mobilized to attack the soldiers after the youth was killed, but the soldiers called for reinforcement from the barracks, and more soldiers and armored personnel carriers were dispatched to the scene.

“The situation was saved by the quick intervention of a senior army officer and the Onitsha Police Area Commander, while the soldier was whisked away.”

Later, security was beefed up at the bridge, with many security operatives cordoning off the area to prevent further law and order breakdowns.

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