BREAKING: Lilypond gate on fire as truck drivers, taskforce clash, One dead

 

Segun Oladipupo      |       

One dead, two police vans, other vehicles destroyed as truck drivers and members of the presidential task force team clashed in a face-off on Thursday.

As at the time of filing this report, the Lilypond terminal gate, two police Hillux vans were still on fire.

The cause of the face-off is not yet known but our correspondent who spoke with some of the protesting boys, said it was due to extortion by some members of the taskforce team.

In the melee, it was gathered that a young driver who was in his early twenties died inside the terminal.

Eyewitness account confirmed to our correspondent that the rift between both parties started on Wednesday over alleged bribery and by noon on Thursday, two patrol vans have been set ablaze and scores of other vehicles destroyed by in the skirmish with truckers in the Terminal.

The entry gate of the truck transit park is currently on fire even as military operatives were sighted shooting sporadically in the air.

The Terminal and Total tank farm are separated by fence which in turn may cause further mayhem at  Ijora and its environs.

Details Later.

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