Travellers Panic As Bandits Take Over Benin-Sagamu Expressway
Shola was travelling with his family on the Benin-Sagamu Expressway when they were suddenly stopped by armed robbers.
They were robbed of their valuables including their car which left them stranded for hours before they were rescued by the police.
Shola's experience is what motorists and commuters plying the Benin-Sagamu Expressway have been going through.
They say that the highway, particularly the bad spots near Ore and Ofosu/Ohosu towns, have become the den of armed robbers and kidnappers.
It was gathered that some regular travelers on the major highway had started making use of alternative routes while others who were buoyant enough, now travel by air.
The most disturbing phenomenon, according to some of the travellers, was the alarming rate at which the hoodlums carry out their dangerous activities in broad daylight, with no security agent to rescue their victims.
A commercial bus driver, Adeyemi Adewara, said in Akure, the Ondo State capital, that his Lagos-bound passengers now preferred to go through the Ilesa-Ibadan route to Lagos, which is longer.
Paul Chukwuma , a Benin-based businessman, also said he had been travelling to Lagos by air since the law enforcement agents failed to provide solution to the menace.
He said, “I can’t put my life at risk. The Shagamu-Ore-Benin Expressway is very dangerous to ply these days. That is why I travel by air which is very expensive.”
The Commissioner for Information in Ondo State, Yemi Olowolabi, said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had been meeting regularly with security chiefs in the state on the issue.
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