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Rights group protests return of road blocks in Onitsha

A human rights group, Campaign for Democracy(CD) has decried the return of roadblocks in the commercial city of
The group said it is particularly worried about indiscriminate setting of road blocks in the city, saying that it was slowing down businesses in the city.
Uzor said the primary aim of the roadblocks was to extort from innocent road users, insisting that his organisation would not accept such for struggling traders.
“We want to say that after this 3- day ultimatum, we will embark on a series of protests to register our position on the matter,” Uzor added.
A social critic, Prince Ezenwa noted that travelling from Onitsha to Oba, a distance on not more than 15 kilometres, one could see not less than 11 road blocks.
“We intend to write to the IGP because they (Police) cause a lot of problems to road users.
“They are flouting the IGP’s order that all road blocks be dismantled.
“The Gubernatorial Election, which led to the setting up of road blocks has come and gone with the state not experiencing any violent crimes to warrant these problems,” Ezenwa said.
He added that police collects a lot of money from motorists and other road users, ranging from N100 to N500, and such end up in private pockets.
source; dailypost.ng

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