By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—MOTORISTS plying the Aba-Azumini highway have called on Police authorities to provide security to check frequent robbery attacks in the area.
Vanguard gathered that the lack of security agencies’ presence in the area has made motorists prone to attacks by hoodlums who block the highway, particularly at the Abia section, between Obingwa and Ukwa East council area.
The road which links Abia State with her Akwa Ibom and Cross River neighbours is a major route for traders who travel to Aba to buy goods.The situation has been made worse by the dilapidated nature of the road where hoodlums block motorists as they slow down to wade through the bad portions. It was gathered that traffic had increased on the road since the Aba-Ikot–Ekpene highway is in a state of disrepair.
A bus driver, Aniekan Sunday, who conveys fish dealers to Oron , lamented the location of an Army and Police checkpoints at Akpaa Mbato community, while hoodlums attack motorists on the long stretch between Obingwa and Ukwa East council area.
The drivers called on “the Abia state Commissioner of Police, Michael Ogbizi, and his Akwa Ibom counterpart, to beef up security on the highway to protect lives and property.
“For over 5 years now, we have been conveying crayfish dealers from Aba to Oron, there were about four Mopol units on the Aba –Azumini road but for some time now, they have not been there.”