Reports reaching Naijauto told that motorists have shunned the Ife-Ibadan expressway due to recent incessant attacks by armed bandits.
Few vehicles were reported to be plying the highway recently. The light traffic was different from what was obtainable on the usually busy expressway connecting other parts of the country to the South-West region.
According to reports, there was an attack on Wednesday June 12, 2019, which led to the killing of an Atakumosa West Local Government Area staff, Adenipekun Samson. The deceased received gun shots in the neck from alleged Fulani gunmen. This incident was one of the many robberies and kidnappings the expressway has become infamous for recently.
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A section of the deserted road
It was reported that late Samson was travelling in a Toyota Corolla vehicle driven by Ismaila Olayiwola on their way to Ibadan.
Speaking on the state of the road, a commercial driver at the Naira and Kobo Junction in Ikire, Adenekan, attributed the scanty vehicular movement in the area to the operations of armed criminals. He stated that there had been a reduction in the flow of vehicles from Ife and Osogbo heading to Ibadan.
“The attacks by bandits caused this. We can only hope that the perpetrators will be arrested to restore people’s confidence. Despite today being weekend, people are not travelling through this route. People are afraid to use this road,” he said.