Port Harcourt and its environs were not spared by series of protest in and outside the city as Commercial bus and Taxi drivers plying the Elele-Omudioga- Omoku route in conjunction with members of National Union Road Transport Worker in Elele staged a protest over incessant attacks and killing of drivers and passengers by suspected criminals
We gathered that the todays protest was sparked as a result of the attack on one of the driver identified as ALFRED IGWE-AMADI which led to the death of his passenger who died on the spot in the early hours of today.
Some of the protesters who spoke to our correspondent decried the frequency at which crime is perpetrated on the high way and the increase in security challenges along the Elele – Omudioga – Omuku axis of the road especially since the announcement of the withdrawal of Onelga Security and Peace Advisory Committee OSPAC from the area by the state government.
The protesters including the Park Manager and Vice Chairman of the NURTW Union said they suffer so much in the hands of criminals who attack them at gunpoint, kill drivers and passengers and as well steal their belonging including their cars without interference from security operatives.
‘’He said the number of check points on the EastWest road has not deterred the criminals rather they are multiplying on a daily basis’’.
The protesting Elele-Omudioga- Omoku route commercial bus drivers and members of National Road Transport Workers Union called on the Federal, State and local government at all levels to take the primary responsibility of securing lives and properties of citizens seriously just as they threatened not to fold their hands and allow their members die unnecessary.
The irate protesters threatened that if nothing is done to check the incessant attacks on the road they may be forced to provide their own security and beg on government to intervene
A younger brother to the driver who was shot IHEANYI ONWUZIRIGBO expressed fears over the present health condition of his brother who he said was first rejected at the first hospital where he was rushed before been admitted at a private clinic in the state
Our correspondent reports that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Elele division came to the scene of the protest and later took his men to the scene of the incident but did not speak to journalist or address the crowd on his next line of action.