Some travellers have decried the difficulties they face on the Ikot Ekpene-Azu mmiri Road in Abia State because of the deplorable situation of the highway.
SaharaReporters learnt that some truck drivers had been caught on the highway for weeks because of the pitiable state of the highway.
Police officers have been stated to be additionally extorted cash from the truck drivers.
In Abia State, motorists plying the highway and others in such situation have cried out on the situation of the federal roads linking the state with different states of the federation.
In worst situation are the; Aba-Ikot Ekpene, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene, the Aba, Lokpanta sections of the Enugu–Port Harcourt expressway, the Opobo –Azumini highway and the Obehie–Azumini-Ukanafun roads.
For motorists and their passengers, it has change into a journey by means of hell because the state of affairs within the above-mentioned roads had made them weak to assaults from bandits who kidnap and kill at will.
According to investigations, motorists plying the Aba-Ikot Ekpene freeway now wade by means of villages like Ohanze, Ntighauzo and Abala Ibeme to hyperlink Akwa Ibom State.
One of the travellers, who spoke with SaharaReporters, blamed the situation of the Ikot Ekpene – Azumini highway on a small ditch on the center of the highway.
He stated the dangerous spot stored tons of of drivers on the highway whereas they danger their life to cross the spot.
He stated, “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.”