Ohanaeze Ndigbo Expresses Alarm Over Proliferation of Roadblocks and Extortions in the South East

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Expresses Alarm Over Proliferation of Roadblocks and Extortions in the South East

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Vice President Raises Alarm Over Increasing Roadblocks and Extortions in the South East

During the 2024 General Assembly of the Association of Past Presidents General of Anambra State and Association of Anambra State Town Union in Awka on Friday, Damian Okeke-Ogene, Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Worldwide), expressed deep concern over the escalating number of roadblocks and extortion incidents in the South East region.

Security Measures Turned Extortion: Okeke-Ogene Criticizes Misuse of Roadblocks

Okeke-Ogene lamented the misuse of roadblocks, originally intended for security purposes, by security personnel wearing various uniforms across the South East.

Instead of enhancing security, these roadblocks have become hubs for extortion, causing distress and anxiety among the region’s residents.

Proliferation of Roadblocks: Ongoing Trend Around the Region Raises Alarm

The Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo highlighted a disturbing situation wherein over ten checkpoints have been established along the Onitsha to Ekwulobia road.

Depending on the time of day, these roadblocks allegedly demand varying amounts of money from drivers.

Okeke-Ogene emphasized that the funds collected through these extortions could be substantial enough to fund critical infrastructure, such as the construction of the third Niger Bridge in the area.

Extortion Levels Alarming: Okeke-Ogene Urges Vigilance and Collective Action

Expressing his dismay, Okeke-Ogene revealed that the extent of extortion at these roadblocks has reached residential areas, with little public discourse on the matter.

He stressed that the collected funds are extracted through intimidation rather than voluntary means, creating an urgent need for collective action against this pervasive issue.

Call for Action: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Vice President Urges Vigorous Fight Against Extortion Practices

In response to the concerning rise in roadblocks and extortions, Okeke-Ogene called on the community to unite and fight against this menace.

He emphasized the need for a sustained effort to address the issue and restore the region’s security, urging residents to actively participate in combating the pervasive practice.

The Vice President’s remarks underscore a growing challenge in the South East, demanding immediate attention and collaborative efforts to curb the proliferation of roadblocks and extortion activities.**

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