By our reporter
Police in Nasarawa State averted a riot in Keffi that could have led to a breakdown of law and order following the killing of a NAYES staff who was on official duty at the roundabout as a traffic warden, by an errant motorist. An eyewitness said that the 22-year old NAYES officer identified as Ismaila Jibrin was knocked down by one Ibrahim Danbawa driving against the traffic and who shunned attempts by Ismaila to stop him.
The NAYES employee died of the resultant injuries at the Federal Medical Centre where he was rushed to. His death angered his fellow NAYES members in the area as they mobilised for a protest but the police were able to nip the charged atmosphere in the bud through proactive measures.
Nasarawa State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Samaila Usman who confirmed the story said, “What really happened was that a NAYES officer who was controlling the traffic around the Keffi roundabout was suddenly knocked down by one driver called Danbawa, an indigene of Keffi.
“He was driving against the traffic and when the NAYES officer tried to stop him, he refused to pull up. In the process he hit the NAYES officer and when he was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi he gave up the ghost”.
While advising drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations in the interest of peace and development, ASP Usman stated that the police was investigating the issue, promising that appropriate action would be taken to serve as a deterrent.
He appealed to family members of the deceased and the community to remain calm while also confirming that the driver was in police custody.
Nasarawa Eye learnt that Danbawa would be charged for manslaughter.
By our reporter