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Truck Crushes Street Trader In Calabar. by Nk (f): 1:09pm on June 22

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A street trader simply identified as Michael was crushed to death near Watt Market in Calabar, Cross River State, on Friday during an encounter with officials of the Department of Public Transportation.

The father of five was asked by the DOPT officials to remove the shoes he had displayed for sale on the walkway by the post office when the tragedy occurred.

According to an eyewitness identified as Lizzy, “As the man was removing his wares, the DOPT officials used their vehicle to knock him into the gutter.

“Before he came out of the gutter, they had taken his wares into their truck. As he prostrated and was pleading with them to release his goods, they used their vehicle to crush him to death.”

The incident sparked outrage and the officials escaped as an irate mob wanted to attack them.

The mob later marched with the corpse strapped to the roof of a car from Old Calabar Road, where the incident happened, to the DOPT office, threatening to burn down the place, but they were stopped by a detachment of policemen.

The policemen blocked the road leading to the place and prevented the mob from getting to the DOPT office.

A senior police officer with the name tag ‘M. Horsefall’, led the team and tried to pacify the mob.

Another eyewitness at the scene of the incident, alleged that it was the second time in a week that a trader would be battered or killed by DOPT men.

Director General of the agency, Godwin Nyiam, said he had not been briefed about what happened as when contacted by our correspondent.

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