Transporters Task Govt On East-West Road Security

Rescue workers at the accident scene where a train derailed in Lagos, recently.

Transporters and road users along Emohua-Elele- Alimini axis of the East West Road have appealed to the governments at all levels to beef up security along that axis following the upsurge of indiscriminate robbery attacks on the passengers and drivers plying the road.
One of the transporters, Mr Igwe Ogwu who spoke to The Tide on Monday at the Rumuokoro Motor Park in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, said that the incessant robbery attacks on drivers and passengers along Emohua-Elele Alimini axis had resulted in loss of many lives in recent times.
According to him: “The robbers were heartless in their operations, they kill any driver that resists their command, rape women in the bush, rob passengers of their belongings, and even abduct passengers for ransom. For more than three times full bus load of passengers were abducted by robbers in the area.
“We, therefore, call on government to beef up security at those strategic joints where they usually operate”.
Commenting on the issue, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the union had cautioned their members to be careful in their movement, saying that the union has no business in providing security along the road.
He also called on the government to check the rising rate of kidnapping of drivers and passengers along the axis.
A commuter, Mrs Joy Amadi, who resides at Elele Alimini, noted that as a passenger, the pause of her heart rose high any time she was on that route due to fear of being attacked by the robbers.
She appealed to the government to increase military checkpoints along the route, so as to crack down any act of criminality on the road.