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PTD Condemns Alleged Torture of Two Tanker Drivers in Owerri, Calls for Justice

The torture, inhumane treatment, and degrading treatment that two of its members received on Sunday, February 25, 2024, in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, at the hands of zealous men from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been strongly denounced by the national leadership of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of NUPENG.

Comrade Lucky Osesua, the National Chairman of PTD, his deputy, Comrade Dayyabu Garga, and Comrade Humble Obinna Power, the National Secretary, issued a statement on Friday urging the Federal Government, National Assembly, security authorities, including the Department of State Security (DSS), Police, Imo State Command of the NSCDC, and the state government, to promptly investigate the situation and ensure the safety and protection of its members while they are on wheels.

The affected truck carries the number plate AXB 605ZH.

The oil workers’ body assured the impacted victims that their fundamental rights as guaranteed by Nigerian law will be upheld in the statement along with their sincere condolences.

It declared that it was dedicated to making sure the regrettable incident received justice.

The statement reads: ”We received with rude shock, the sad news of torture, the inhuman and degrading treatment meted on two of our members in Owerri, Imo State capital on Sunday, February 25, 2024, by overzealous men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), while carrying out their legitimate and constitutionally backed duties. This dastardly act put the affected drivers into a subconscious state for several hours leaving many to think they were already dead. The affected truck is with registration number AXB 605ZH.

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The statement reads: ”We received with rude shock, the sad news of torture, the inhuman and degrading treatment meted on two of our members in Owerri, Imo State capital on Sunday, February 25, 2024, by overzealous men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), while carrying out their legitimate and constitutionally backed duties. This dastardly act put the affected drivers into a subconscious state for several hours leaving many to think they were already dead. The affected truck is with registration number AXB 605ZH.

“Similarly, the video evidence of the unfortunate incident which had gone viral on social media really put us into serious emotional trauma, discontent, and great disappointment. It is more appalling to realize that the callous treatment meted on these tanker drivers on wheels simply occurred because they refused to give the NSCDC officers money and after much argument, the operatives brazenly beat them up to stupor.

“The circumstances surrounding the humiliation of these enthusiastic and vibrant men are completely condemnable, as the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of NUPENG vehemently frowns at it.

“While we call for calm and orderliness among our members in Port Harcourt Zone of our union, particularly Imo State where the Sunday crime took place, we equally urge Federal Government, National Assembly, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, the Imo State Command of the NSCDC, DSS, and Police to show compassion and support for our members and never see us as enemies to the government but as stakeholders who want Nigeria to work socio-economically. In addition, we also urgently seek justice and commensurate compensation for these promising young men whose lives were exposed to jeopardy.

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