The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has raised alarm over fresh threat to security in Anambra State following the ban of Okada in the State.
The group has also called on Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to mobilise the security agencies in the State particularly the officers and men of Nigeria Police and the operatives of the Anambra State Vigilant Services (AVS) to checkmate this new wave of crime in the State.
The national publicity secretary of CD, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial hub, said that criminals have devised new strategy of operation since the ban of motorbikes in Onitsha and Awka, the State capital.
The criminals, said the activist, now use Keke Napep and mini buses to rob and dispossess people of their possessions.
The area they usually operate were Onitsha end of Bridgehead-Upper Iweka – Borromeo- New Parts – Tarzan- Tollgate, Borromeo– Nkpor Junction- Afor-Nkpor- along Old Road, Upper Iweka -Owerri Road, Savoy-Awka Road-Main Market, Eze Iweka Road among other flash points.
Dede Uzor lamented that within this short period Okada was banned criminals have invented new strategy and many have fallen into their traps.
He asked the Governor to as a matter of urgency fulfill the promise he made to the citizens of the State before banning Okada to flood the State with a new means of commuting the people in urban cities.
CD urged the Governor to take the promise serious by providing these minimum buses immediately to cushion the effect of the ban on the people, especially those whose means of livelihood was dependent on Okada.
He said that it was almost one month now Okada ban took effect and the mini bases were nowhere to be seen.
“We want him to expedite action as this will provide jobs to the Anambra people particularly those who were using Okada as a means of livelihood.
“It will also abate the suffering the people are going through because of scarcity of means of transport in Onitsha and Awka,” said Dede Uzor.
He, however, lauded the Governor for the success of the ban and asked him to extend it to other parts of the State like Nnewi, Ekwulobia, Ihiala and upcoming urban cities in the State as the Okada operators have relocated to those areas.
“The criminals have also relocated to those areas, unleashing terror with their bikes,” Dede Uzor said.