Some travellers have decried the difficulties they face on the Ikot Ekpene-Azu mmiri Road in Abia State due to the deplorable condition of the road.
SaharaReporters learnt that some truck drivers had been stuck on the road for weeks due to the pitiable state of the road.
Police officers were said to be also extorted money from the truck drivers.
In Abia State, motorists plying the road and others in such condition have cried out on the condition of the federal roads linking the state with other states of the federation.
In worst condition are the; Aba-Ikot Ekpene, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene, the Aba, Lokpanta sections of the Enugu–Port Harcourt expressway, the Opobo –Azumini road and the Obehie–Azumini-Ukanafun roads.
For motorists and their passengers, it has become a journey through hell as the situation in the above-mentioned roads had made them vulnerable to attacks from bandits who kidnap and kill at will.
According to investigations, motorists plying the Aba-Ikot Ekpene highway now wade through villages like Ohanze, Ntighauzo and Abala Ibeme to link Akwa Ibom State.
One of the travellers, who spoke with SaharaReporters, blamed the condition of the Ikot Ekpene – Azumini road on a small ditch at the middle of the road.
He said the bad spot kept hundreds of drivers on the road while they risk their life to cross the spot.
He said, “We were moving our properties from Uyo to Anambra with one of these big trucks. We navigated through Ikot Ekpene into Abia State. When we got to Azụ mmírí in Abia, there was heavy traffic so we decided to see the cause of the traffic.
“It happened that the cause of the traffic was a small ditch at the middle of the road. It was the first day of our own experience on the road, but some truck drivers have been on the road for weeks for a road that could have taken just 2 minutes to pass if the road was okay
“You either cross the road, fall, or get stuck in the middle and get towed out. The saddening part of it all is that some police officers are at the front where the road is okay, waiting patiently for truck drivers to cross the road so they can collect money.”
SaharaReporters, New York