There was pandemonium in Ekiti state on Wednesday, as the driver of a 18-passenger bus, owned by Lafe Ade Transport, Mr. Toyin Philips, was killed by suspected highway robbers along Aramoko-Igede Ekiti road in the state.
The bus was owned by the late Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mr Omolafe Aderiye, who was assassinated in September, 2014 by unknown gunmen, which fuelled suspicion that the driver could have died under similar circumstance.
The incident, which happened few metres away from a police checkpoint along Aramoko-Igede highway at about 7 am, had provoked members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, who staged a protest against what they described as alleged police complicity in the robbery.
The visibly enraged drivers, according to reliable sources, were said to have descended heavily on the Divisional Police Officer in the Local Government Area, Mr. Anthony Okpaleye, stripped him naked and destroyed two police vans during the rampage.
These angry commercial driver had blocked Aramoko -Igede road thereby causing traffic congestion along the road linking Ado Ekiti, the state capital for hours before intervention of the security men in the state.