Anambra Government Explains Gates At Onitsha Bridgehead, Confirms ID Check Now In Place And That Essential Vehicles Still Have Unfettered Access
The Anambra State Government said the report that it blocked the entrance of the Niger Bridge with concrete slabs was false and mischievous.
Benedict Okoro, the Personal Assistant to the state Commissioner of Transport, said that vehicles bearing essential commodities as well as persons on special assignments are still enjoying unfettered access.
He confirmed that the Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christain Madubuko and his team visited the Onitsha Bridgehead themselves.
The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, on May the 11th paid a surprise visit to Onitsha bridge (below) and was dismayed at the level of non-compliance to his directives on the border closure
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Obiano fumed with anger and great dissatisfaction and vowed to do something about it.
In any case, Mr Okoro pointed out that the two pedestrian walkways at the bridgehead had to be barricaded to ensure proper identification by the security personnel.
These are where the iron gates were erected. The Awareness reported on their erection and the subsequent bottleneck it had caused this morning.