By G9ija

Transporters in Anambra State have decried the rising cases of daylight robberies and abduction of passengers on highways across the federation.

The stakeholders, with operational headquarters in Onitsha, explained that the ugly occurrences were fast becoming a decimal across major roads leading to Lagos, Abuja and parts of the North after the #ENDSARS protests.

The fleet operators, who transit from the South East to other locations nationwide, said their drivers see hell daily.

Manager God’s Will Transport, Emenike Okafor, in a chat with reporters, identified Benin bypass-Ogbemudia Farm to Ore and Kogi area on Lokoja –Abuja highway as most dangerous spots where hoodlums operate unhindered.

He said: “In the last two weeks, there have been cases of robbery incidents and abductions, with about six passengers kidnapped at the mentioned areas.

“We call on the Inspector General of Police to activate his rapid response mechanism and establish a joint patrol team involving the army, police and civil defence corps in the affected areas. Travelling has become increasingly risky owing to the security challenges.”

He said transporters were threatening a nationwide strike that could cripple the public transport sector if government does not urgently address the matter at hand.

In another development, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has requested for truck terminals to check road accidents in the state.

Its representative in Anambra, Umeugochukwu Chibueze, made the request yesterday in Awka during a meeting between the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the marketers for safety of articulated trucks and crash-free Yuletide and beyond.

He said his members direly needed the landing facilities for rest after long trips that take as much as two to three days with product-laden heavy vehicles.

Another challenge, Chibueze identified, were deplorable roads across the states that are begging for urgent attention.