Commotion as soldiers arrest BOTMA operative over road crash



Personnels of the Nigerian Army have arrested an operative of Borno State Transport Management Agency after an order he gave caused them to jam their car at Custom Flyover.

An eyewitness, Abubakar Mai Shanu, who spoke to our reporter said the incident happened as a result of a hold-up between Gamboru Market and the Fly-over, which was allegedly caused by the BOTMA operative.

Due to high density of people at the area, the place usually causes traffic jam, often by passersby who cross the highway rather climb pedestrian bridge.

As a result of that, security operatives--sometimes members of the Civilian JTF or policemen, at least until the establishment of BOTMA this year--control the traffic at the point.

According to Mai Shanu, the soldiers accused the BOTMA operative for causing the traffic logjam, thereby leading to the crash.

'The soldiers were in high speed and eventually lose control. They rammed into the traffic and crashed a car, causing damage on yet another car.

'Three soldiers from the truck sustained injuries and were evacuated to a hospital,' the source said.

The BOTMA personnel who was identified as Ba'ana was taken away by the soldiers, but our reporter cannot immediately establish where at the time of filing this report.

The incident caused thick commotion at the scene, with other operatives of the BOTMA, police and passersby tried to intervene.

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