There was palpable fear among commuters and other roads users plying Ohafia-Uzuakoli-Umuahia expressway following as reports emerged that some gunmen in the early hours of today (Monday), blocked the road and attacked innocent passengers traveling on the road.
Sources said that some of the passengers that were attacked by the gunmen after they ran into a road block mounted by the hoodlums at the popular Ugwu Rubber, some distance away from Igbere in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, sustained various degree of injuries.
It was gathered that the passengers were traveling from Ohafia in Bende LGA to Umuahia, the state capital when they ran into the gunmen.
This attack on the passengers is coming less than 24hrs after both the Emma Powerful faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the state government had admonished residents of the Southeast and Abians in particular to go about their legitimate businesses as the sit-at-home call by any IPOB faction remains illegal.
Our correspondent gathered that when the news of the attack on the passengers filtered into the public space, it forced drivers coming from Ohafia to Umuahia and those coming from Umuahia to Ohafia to pull over, leaving their passengers stranded on the road for several hours.
Human and vehicular movements have since returned to normal on the ever-busy road following intervention from security agencies in the state.
In a telephone interview, the Abia State Police Command’s Spokesman, Geoffrey Ogbonna while confirming the incident, hinted that the police and military personnel on a joint operation stormed the area as soon as the information on the activities of the gunmen came to them.
According to Ogbonna, the armed gang on sighting the security agents took to their heels.
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