Transporters Threaten Nationwide Strike Over Increasing Highway Insecurities

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Transporters in Onitsha have raised the alarm over the incessant robbery attacks and abduction of their members and passengers in major highways leading to Lagos, Abuja and Northern Nigeria.

Hence, they have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if nothing is done immediately by the Federal Government and the Police to put a stop to insecurities on the highways.

The Manager of God’s Will Transport, Mr Emenike Okafor while addressing newsmen in Onitsha,identified Benin bypass area of Ogbemudia Farm, to Ore and Lokoja in Kogi State towards Abuja highway as the most dangerous points where the criminals operate unhindered.

He also added that some of the fleet operators that have fallen victims of the hoodlums including luxurious bus owners, commuter bus operators and executive Siena bus operators who convey passengers from Onitsha to various locations, terminals in Enugu, Aba and Port Harcourt.

He further lamented over the increased daylight armed robbery and abduction of passengers in the highways in the past two weeks, after the #EndSARS peaceful protest which turned violent.

He said, “We have recorded cases of passenger robbery and abduction in the last two weeks, involving Sienna and Hummer buses with about six passengers kidnapped in those areas.

“We, therefore, call on the Inspector-General of Police to activate his rapid response mechanism and the establishment of a joint patrol team involving the Army, Police and Civil Defence Corps in the affected areas.t

“Travelling has become increasingly riskier following the security challenges, being faced by commuters.”

“Meanwhile, we must use this opportunity to commiserate with the Police over the casualties and losses they recorded during the #EndSARS protest that later turned violent.

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“We must state that no responsible citizen no matter how highly provoked would engage in burning, looting and attack on the Police who are saddled with the task of protecting the citizens and their properties.

“It is the criminals that unleashed the attacks on Police formations just to destabilise the country’s security, but they must not be allowed to succeed.

“We, therefore, appeal to the Police to go back fully to their duty with renewed vigour and zeal, and we implore the Government to motivate them by improving their welfare and compensate the families of those that lost their lives during the crisis.”

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