A MIDDLE aged man, Orji Uba, a commercial motorcycle (Okada) operator has lamented bitterly over the rising activities of hoodlums who snatch motorcycles while disguising as army officers around Nawfia axis along Enugu/Onitsha expressway.
Narrating his ordeal to National Light crime reporter, Mr. Orji recalled that three weeks ago, he was carrying a passenger from Enugwu-Agidi to Abagana and had to ride through Nawfia U-turn, as contractors who constructed the expressway had blocked the direct junction leading from Enugwu-Agidi to Abagana.
According to Mr. Orji, on getting to the Nawfia U-turn, he was accosted by three persons inside a Lexus Jeep with an army uniform hung on the driver’s seat, while one of them who wore army knickers with face cap, came down and asked him to bring his motorcycle particulars which he replied that his particulars were at home as it was raining then.
Mr. Orji stated that he was asked to come down from his cycle, as they insisted to take him to their check point. As they dragged the matter, forcefully hopped on his bike and commanded him to ride on.
“I was forced to carry one of them in pretext that we are going to their check point as they said,” he said, “but after moving some metres away from the U-turn, one of those inside the vehicle asked the one on my bike why he should allow a bloody civilian to carry him, saying that he should be the one riding the motorcycle.
“It was then that they forced me to come down so that he will drive the motorcycle. Immediately I alighted, one of them slapped me and they zoomed off with my okada.
“I quickly rushed to the purported check point to report to the army officers on duty, but they told me that those people are not part of them. I also reported the matter to Abagana Divisional Police Station who promised to handle the issue.”
Mr. Orji, who hails from Umuchukwu, in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, further explained that he recently procured the ‘Okada’ on hire purchase to avoid staying idle. While commending Governor Willie Obiano’s efforts in security of lives and property of ndi Anambra, he urged government to find a lasting solution to such criminal activities in the state, especially those who rob people disguising as security personnel.
Reacting to the incident, the owner of the motorcycle, Chidi Okam ,also lamented that he had lost three brand new motorcycles within one year, calling on the state government to beef up security along the expressway to nip the activities of hoodlums who operate with military uniforms.
Mr. Okam maintained that he had reported the incident to Abagana Divisional Police station for onward investigation as well as finding the criminals.