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From Lagos: S’Easterners travelling for Christmas to suffer 60 checkpoints

…As northerners face less than 10

Veteran media executive, Mr. Tony Onyima, has released a report on approximate number of checkpoints between Lagos and South East on the highway.

Whereas his report revealed not less than 60 checkpoints manned at different points by either Police, Army, Customs, NDLEA or other paramilitary bodies, another report on the same issue identified less than 10 checkpoints between Lagos and North Central region of Nigeria where cases of highway fears are more than.

Onyima in the report said “Concerned by the increasing complaints about the pains of Nigerians plying the Lagos-Onitsha route, I decided to seize an opportunity on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 to find out the real situation. For complete experience, I traveled with one of the transporters at Jibowu.

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Photo of the killer-Customs officer and his victim at Shagamu Interchange on 17/2/19

“After an excruciating traffic along Redeemed Church corridor, we finally commenced the journey to Onitsha at 10:30am. By the time we arrived the Niger Bridge, I had counted 60 checkpoints.

“I was painstakingly taking notes and few shots. These checkpoints were manned by either soldiers, police, customs, SARS, FRSC or a combination. Below are the checkpoints to make your trip to Onitsha so smooth:

LAGOS TO ORE:

  1. Ilisan – Police checkpoint just in front of Babcock University
  2. Ilisan 2 – Another police check less than 300 meters after Babcock
  3. Ijebu Ode toll gate – Customs
  4. Ijebu Ife – Police
  5. Ijebu Itele – Customs, FRSC and Army
  6. Ijebu Itele 2 – Police and FRSC
  7. Ijebu Itele 3 – Police
  8. Ajebandele – Police
  9. Ajebandele 2 – Police
  10. Ajebandele 3 – Police and FRSC
  11. Ajebandele 4 – Army, Police
  12. Ajebandele 5; less than 100 meters – Police
  13. Ajebandele 6; less than 40 meters – Police
  14. Ajebandele 7 – Police
  15. Ajebandele 8 – Police
  16. Ajebandele 9 – Police
  17. Akinfosile – Police
  18. Omotosho – Army
  19. Omotosho 2 – Police
  20. Obatedo – Police
  21. Orilewo – Police
  22. Orilewo 2 – Customs
  23. Orilewo 3 – Police
  24. Orilewo 4 – Police

ORE TO BENIN:

  1. Ore 1 – Police
  2. Ore 2 – Customs and Police
  3. Ofosu – Army
  4. Ofosu 2 – Police
  5. Ofosu 3 – FRSC and Police
  6. Ugbogui Town – Police
  7. Okada – Customs and Police
  8. Okada 2 – Police
  9. Okada 3 – SARS
  10. Okada 4 – Police
  11. Okada 5 – Police
  12. Okada 6 – SARS
  13. Okada 7 – Army
  14. Okada 8 – SARS
  15. Okada 9 – SARS
  16. Okada 10 – Police
  17. Okada 11 – Police
  18. Okada 12 – Police
  19. Iwinosa – SARS
  20. Benin toll gate – Customs, FRSC, SARS
  21. Benin By-Pass – Police
  22. Benin By-Pass 2 – SARS
  23. Benin By-Pass 3 – Army
  24. Ugoneki – Police
  25. Ugoneki 2 – Police
  26. Abudu – Customs
  27. Abudu 2 – Army
  28. Omumu-Agbor – Army, FRSC, Police and Customs
  29. Agbor – Police
  30. Ekwuoma – Police
  31. Issele Uku – SARS
  32. Issele Uku 2 – Police
  33. Akwa Ukwu – Customs and Army
  34. Ogwashi – Customs
  35. Okpanam – Customs and Police
  36. Onitsha Bridge head – Mopol

However, on the number of verified checkpoints between Lagos and North Central State of Katsina, another report said not up to ten checkpoints are seen.

It noted that whereas available ones are mainly military checkpoints, presence of Customs and Police on the entire stretch from Lagos to Katsina, are negligible.