The corpse of one Odion Omafo Samuel, 36, was on Tuesday exhumed from the shallow grave it was buried allegedly by four officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) attached to Abudu outpost in Edo State.
Names of the FRSC officials were given as Francis Igboh, Sunday Ogi, Samson Alolade and Joseph Onolade.
Police sources said preliminary investigation showed that the late Odion was beaten to death by the FRSC men because he asked the driver he hired not to give them bribe.
It was learnt that late Odion hired a driver of an Audi 80 car and they were flagged down at Okhuaihe Hill along the Benin-Agbor Road on October 14, 2019.
A source said Odion joined the driver to put up a resistance against alleged extortion attempts by the FRSC officers and it led to fisticuffs.
The driver was said to have fled the scene and Odion was beaten to pulp.
He was reportedly rushed to a hospital and doctors confirmed him dead on arrival.
The FRSC officials were said to have buried him in a bush.
Another police source said the driver was arrested for kidnapping after Odion did not return home.