Uturu community in Abia State, on Thursday protested over incessant killings and abductions.
The protest started from Ukwunwangwu, near Marist Brothers (Catholic) Secondary School, Uturu up to Okigwe junction of the Umuahia-Enugu Expressway.
The protesters lamented the inaction of the Abia and Imo State governments and security agencies towards the kidnapping and killing of students, lecturers of Abia State University, Uturu, members of the communities and travellers.
The protesters urged both Abia and Imo State Governments to urgently take action against the menace.
One of the protesters who pleaded anonymity told newsmen that the people “are now living in fear of murderous herdsmen and bandits who now operate with impunity.”
He said that apart from commuters who have become preys to the bandits people of the community are now afraid to go to farm because of “the activities of these herdsmen” .
Another community source who spoke with Vanguard, said that Uturu/Okigwe axis had become another hot bed for bandits in the recent times.
The source which also pleaded for anonymity for fear of being trailed, said that the most annoying thing was that security agencies had abandoned the people to their fate.
“We are tired of living in fears. We want Government to come to our aids.
“Two days ago seven passengers coming to Uturu from Okigwe were kidnapped by these boys who are now demanding N10 million ransom for each of the victims.
“Since Monday bandits and herdsmen with AK 47 have been kidnapping people on this road.
“The anger of our youths is that we have about six security checkpoints between Uturu and Okigwe but these boys keep operating without any hindrances.”
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