Security Agencies urged to withdraw Blockade To Address Gridlock On Niger Bridge
Police and other security agencies have been urged to withdraw the stop and search checkpoints at the Onitsha end of the River Niger Head Bridge to ease the gridlock which cause to the motoring public.
Mr Chima Christian, a Public Affairs Analyst made the call in Awka on Sunday while reacting to the numerous complaints of traffic congestion at the bridge.
Christian said this had become imperative given the increase in vehicular traffic into the South East as a result of people returning home for Christmas and New Year celebration.
The Good Governance Advocate called on the government of Anambra and Delta States to prevail on the security agencies to temporarily withdraw the services of their operatives deployed on “stop and search” operations at both ends of the Niger Bridge.
According to him, “complaints of the traffic situation at the Niger Bridge is so deafening. somebody said he spent six hours driving from Lagos to Delta State, and then five hours from Asaba to Onitsha.”
Chima said the already messy traffic situation was compounded by the presence of security operatives deployed on “stop and search operations” at the two ends of the Niger Bridge.
“As more people pour into the Southeast for Christmas and new year celebrations, I implore the Governments of Anambra and Delta states to work with relevant authorities to temporarily withdraw the services of those uniformed men and women at the Niger Bridge.
“If the multiple security checkpoints between road users’ different points of origin to the southeast did not flag them as criminals or offenders of any known law, I’m not exactly sure what miracles those security deployments at the Niger Bridge are expected to perform.
“Except if the idea is to cause nuisance and increase the sufferings of road users.
“I hereby respectfully call on Governors Okowa and Obiano to rise to the occasion, temporarily withdraw “stop and search” security operatives deployed at both ends of the Niger Bridge, and make access to the bridge free this festive season” he said.