By Nwogodo Gospel Ogbonnaya, Awka.
Normalcy has been restored to a part of the Enugu-Onitsha Express way, close to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, where unauthorized persons extorting money from truck drivers, allegedly killed a truck driver, who refused to give them money.
This development followed the visit by the Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, to the scene of the accident.
The road was blocked by members of the “Truck Drivers Union” as a way of registering their grievances and displeasures over the incident.
The people also threatened not to remove the obstruction until the governor comes, a situation which denied road users including drivers, motorcycle and tricycle riders passage from either side of the road.
They were forced to divert through intra community route which passes through Amansea to Umumba in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
During his visit to the scene, Governor Soludo commiserated with the drivers for the loss of their colleague and promised them that such would not happen again.
In Soludo’s words, “It’s very bad to hear that one of your colleagues had been killed as a result of misunderstanding between him and criminals staying here”.
“We have not sent anyone to collect any money on our behalf even security personnel. Because of this, anyone caught indulging in this kind of act anywhere in this state again, shall be treated as an enemy of the state and be made to face the wrath of the law.”
“Those ones that have perpetrated this act shall never go unpunished as we shall launch a tactical search for them in order to fetch them out and make sure they are brought to book,” the Governor assured as he directed that the blockade be removed.
“So, remove the blockades from the road so that people can move freely to do their businesses without further harassment”.
In compliance with the governor’s directive, the aggrieved colleagues of the deceased unblocked the road hoping that the extortionists who were responsible for the death of their colleague would soonest be brought to justice.