Abuja gunman shoots driver over parking space

An Uber driver has been hospitalised following an attack by a gunman on Gimbiya Street, in the Garki area of the Federal Capital Territory.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people were having fun around 10pm on Monday when they overheard the two men having an argument.

The source said, “As you know, nightlife is a usual thing here, and you’ll often find people arguing over spaces or bumping into each other.

“However, people were surprised when they heard gunshots following the argument between the Uber driver and the gunman. In fact, no one knew that he had a gun with him. They said the driver was taken to a hospital; we hope he survives it.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, in a statement, denied that the incident was a robbery attack.

She said, “Preliminary investigation by the police have it that on Monday, January 16, around 10pm, an altercation ensued between an Uber driver and another whose name is yet to be known over a parking space along Gimbiya Street, Garki.

“The altercation snowballed into physical violence which resulted in the armed man shooting the latter (Uber driver) and taking to his heels.

“Upon receipt of the information of the unfortunate incident, operatives from the Garki Police Division drafted to the scene rescued the injured Uber driver to the nearest hospital where he is currently recuperating.”

Adeh noted that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Abubakar, had directed a discrete investigation and an aggressive manhunt for the suspect.

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