The Benin-city by-pass in Edo State is gaining notoriety for kidnapping and banditry as a journalist, Ben Duno, who was traveling thereon route with other commuters at the weekend escaped being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen at the weekend.
Duno, who works with the Sun Newspaper, said they escaped abduction by the whiskers while traveling from Warri, Delta State to Ibadan, Oyo State, for an in-depth friend’s wedding.
Narrating his experience, Duno said he has never been terrified in his life, but he and other co-travelers nearly walked into the hands of the marauders terrorizing the country.
He said: “The frightening reports on the safety challenges across the country, especially on some major highways traversing the country, where travelers are being kidnapped daily, made me avoid traveling out of my Warri enclaves within the last three years.
“This fear was compounded with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic since early last year till date, especially with the very fact that this second wave appears to be deadlier.”
However, the Warri correspondent of the Sun Newspaper stated that when he got an invitation from a lover that his cousin was getting married in Ibadan over the weekend he decided to vary his mind about his earlier decision.
According to him, “We left the park at about 7:38 a.m. in Warri, Delta State, and commenced the journey to Ibadan.
“The journey was smooth until we need to the Benin by-pass by 9:00 a.m. once we saw numerous vehicles (both commercial and private) parked off the road, and when our busman asked other drivers what was happening, they said herdsmen were operating on the road which the policemen on patrol on the highway run away.
“To my surprise and anger, the police patrol team that we saw, warned commuters to travel back and take the road within the town if we must continue our journey.
“When a number of us, including drivers, passengers, and few ladies, decided to steer to some extent to ascertain if we will catch a glimpse of what was happening,
a car approached to tell us that the criminals were occupation our direction and therefore the earlier we start moving away the higher. That was when all the passengers and drivers started running for safety.
“I want to use this medium to appeal to everyone to not travel this era except it is necessary, as nowhere is safe during this country at the instant. it’s never been this terrible in our national life.”