According to the latest report, the Onitsha transporters have decried out over the increasing robbery attacks and abduction of their members as well as passengers on highways leading to Abuja, Lagos and major places in the North.
Onitsha transporters threaten to embark on nationwide strike due to insecurities on the highways
The transporters have also disclosed their intention on embarking on a nationwide strike if there isn’t any change or efforts from the government and security agencies to combat these worrisome situations.
According to the press statement released recently in Onitsha by one Emenike Okafor, who is the Manager of God’s Will transport, Benin bypass area of Ogbemudia Farm, connecting to Ore and Lokoja - Abuja highway is the most notorious place where these armed men operate without any form of interruption.
Okafor further revealed that some of the transporters who have suffered from this unfortunate ordeal include commuter bus operators, executive Sienna bus operators and luxurious bus owners, who carry passengers from Onitsha to other places in the country.
The bandits are known to rob and abduct passengers and staff on these highways
However, he lamented over the incessant robbery and kidnapping of passengers on these highways within the past 2 weeks, especially after the #EndSAR protest was hijacked by hoodlums. Okafor revealed that six passengers were abducted in those areas, involving Hummer and Sienna buses.
He urged the IG of police to establish quick response mechanism and also form a joint patrol team, which will comprise army, police and Civil Defense to restore normalcy in those affected areas. By commiserating with the police over their loss during the #EndSARS violence, he appealed to the government to improve the welfare of the police officers, so that they can resume their duty of protecting lives and properties while making highways safe for them.