Abakaliki – More than 50 commercial drivers in Abakaliki, yesterday blocked the Abakalik-Afikpo highway leading to the state capital city to protest against multiple police check-points on it.
The drivers used their vehicles to block entrance to the capital city for more than three hours, thereby disrupting the free flow of traffic on that route.
The report said business activities on the road were also brought to a temporary halt.
Commuters and other road users including the member representing Ikwo-Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr.Ugo Chima, were among those trapped.
Others affected by the blockage were Mr Celestine Igberi, the Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and the Chairman, Ezza South Local Government Area, Mr Marcellus Nwokporo, among others.
It took the intervention of the state Commissioner for Border Security, Mr Agu Okpani and the state Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), MrÂ Douglas Ogbonna, to pacify the drivers.
The transporters comprised mini bus and taxi drivers plying the route, who complained that a route of a distance of 25 kilometres had 20 police check points.
A spokesman for the protesting drivers, who preferred anonymity, alleged that the police at each check point extorted N40 from every commercial motorist, a situation that made them to operate at a loss.