5 persons reportedly killed as soldiers and bus-drivers clash over N100 in Kwara state

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In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, a Nigerian soldier stand guards during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Suspected Islamic militants wearing army fatigues gunned down 44 people praying at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, while another 12 civilians died in an apparently simultaneous attack, security agents said Monday Aug. 12, 2013. The slayings occurred Sunday morning at a mosque in Konduga town, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno state. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Five people have been reportedly killed as Nigerian Army personnel clashed with bus drivers over hundred Naira (N100) in Ilesha-Baruba motor park in the Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.

It was gathered that, the crisis started on Friday after a bus driver on Ilesha-Sinawu Road refused to part with N100 for the soldiers, and an argument ensued, which led to the killing

According to SaharaReporters, after the soldiers slapped the bus-driver, he angrily left, then mobilized his other colleagues from the motor park.

The soldiers opened fire on the drivers and five persons were killed, while several others were injured during the the clash.

Eyewitnesses told newsmen that, the soldiers had been notorious for extorting money from the bus drivers and the altercation ensued because the drivers could not take the harassment any longer.

“Friday was the market day, and people came from several neighbouring areas to Sinawu for trade. Vehicular movements from and outside Sinawu area were so high. So, the soldiers had a field day collecting money from drivers.

“The soldiers on the Ilesha-Baruba highway, which is a distance of 25 minutes, were found extorting commercial vehicles which ply the road, ranging from N100 to N500 depending on what you are carrying. It was while extorting one of the commercial vehicles that the incident happened.

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