Some troops ordered a commercial driver (names withheld) to sweep their surrounds on Wednesday after he refused to take a bribe.
Around 5:30 p.m., an incident occurred at an army roadblock in Ikun-Ekiti, close to the Ekiti Diary Ranch. It lasted over 20 minutes.
Trouble began when the driver, who was travelling from Abuja, refused to pay a bribe to the army commanders.
“This time, we will not take no for an answer,” one of the soldiers grumbled, “you (driver) must give us money, or we will not let you to go.”
However, as the driver was still pleading with them, he was given the order to acquire a broom and sweep as a punishment.
During the event, two soldiers sat in white plastic chairs mocking the motorist.
Some of the passengers who voiced dissatisfaction had previously had similar experiences.
“That’s how they ordered a commercial driver to mow the lawn for several minutes while his passengers remained inside his car the other day.”
In another case, the ‘culprit’ was forced to kneel in the sun because he refused to give up his money. We’re not saying they shouldn’t do their jobs, but not at the expense of passengers, who are often helpless and face the consequences of their actions on businesses and appointments,” one of the passengers, Mrs Chinyere, pointed out.
Many business truckers prefer the Jebba/Niger route to Abuja over Ekiti, according to Daily Trust, because of the numerous checkpoints that cause delays.