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Road users decry kidnapping incidents along Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway

Mr Okonkwo said that there was a need for government intervention on the highway routes across the country.

• April 14, 2024
Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway
Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway[Credit: PM News Nigeria]

Some road users in Ebonyi have decried alleged kidnapping incidents along the Idodo axis of the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway.

They described the incident as “worrisome” and called on the federal, Ebonyi and Enugu governments to intervene and make the highway safer.

There have been tensions among travellers and transporters in Abakaliki, Ebonyi capital, who ply the route as the incident poses threats to mankind.

Kidnapping has become more or less a lucrative business across states of the federation, as some individuals abduct people for rituals or in exchange for ransom.

Jerry Okonkwo, a commercial driver, on Saturday, expressed concerns over the incident and stated that he was afraid of being kidnapped.

Mr Okonkwo said that there was a need for government intervention on the highway routes across the country.

“It is very unfortunate that the kidnapers are taking the nation’s roads. Highway security is necessary for national development.

“My Brother, I am very much afraid of being kidnapped because I would spend months in the kidnappers’ den because I have no one to raise any ransom for my release.

“Well, the issue is that I cannot stop driving business because I don’t have any other business. This is what I do to earn a living.

“The incident of kidnapping people on transit is worrisome,” he added.

A driver, Ukeni Mathew, called for effective collaboration between Ebonyi and Enugu state governments to clamp down on the act.

“I only pray the police and other security agencies to rise up to the situation,” he stated.

A traveller, Margaret Uka, said travelling through Abakaliki-Enugu is no longer safe, calling for urgent intervention from the government.

Reacting to the development, DSP Joshua Ukandu, police public relations officer (PPRO), Ebonyi command, said such an incident had been on the news, but the location was not under their jurisdiction.

According to Mr Ukandu, it has been on the news, though I won’t be able to ascertain the record because the location is not covered by our command.

“It’s been covered by the Enugu police command. Yes, there have been plans for teamwork between the Enugu and Ebonyi governments.

“Yes, the Enugu government has been on top of the matter. We urge road users to avoid late journeys,” the PPRO advised.


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