Commuters using the Calabar/Ikom highway are enduring torrid times as the only road linking Calabar, the Cross River State to other parts of the state and country has become a death trap because of its poor state, calitown.com can reveal. The situation is so bad that the number of fatal road traffic accidents have risen sharply in recent weeks. Last weekend, one of such accidents reportedly claimed the lives of eight commuters in a Calabar bound bus. The bus is said to have had a head on collision with a truck which veered into the bus’ lane while trying to avoid a pothole.
The worst portions of the road are on the Calabar/Akamkpa/Biase/Yakurr stretch, spanning over a hundred kilometres. Unconfirmed reports indicate that between August to October this year, 25 fatal road traffic accidents have occured on the road, leaving 19 persons dead and several others injured.
Meanwhile, there has been a disturbing upsurge in the frequency of armed robberies recorded on the highway in the last one month. Calitown.com investigations point to four points on the road that have become a commuter’s albatross and robbers’ haven. The points are, Ehom, Iwuru, Ibiae and Adim in Biase LGA. One commuter who was robbed at gunpoint two weeks ago informed calitown.com that, “the robbers who were about 10 in number had blocked the road at Ehom and were robbing a tanker when we arrived. We were disposed of our valuables and shot at when our driver made a daring escape”.
Another commuter sounded a note of warning to other commuters asking that they “avoid travelling very early in the morning between 4 to 6 a.m and from 7 p.m because this is the time they operate”. Attempts to get relevant authorities to comment on this proved difficult.
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