Bayelsans have called on the state government to tighten security in the state, especially around the popular Tombia/Etegwe roundabout as commuters and traders are still being robbed and assaulted almost on a daily basis.
The Tombia roundabout was a popular hideout for armed robbers and cultists who terrorize commuters and traders with their activities day and night.
But the government commenced its urban renewal drive and cleared up the area by demolishing illegal structures and relocating the market in the area.
Speaking with journalists in Yenagoa, the State Auditor 1 of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Igbinoba Frank, said the security situation has improved compared to what it was before.
He however urged the government to provide more security at the roundabout, saying there has been several crime incidents recently, orchestrated by hoodlums.
He said: “Before government intervened it was really terrible. Passengers could not just come and enter into vehicles without harassment.
“So the intervention of the government made all these things very calm now but it’s just this Tombia/Amassoma Axis when you’re moving along the bridge.
“When there is hold-up in that particular spot, they will come out, they will collect your money, show you knife, gun, while you are in the keke.
“They will collect your phone, money and just run away. But when there is no hold-up, the place will be free. I cannot tell you now that in the next one hour there will be hold-up there. So there should be security agents wearing mufti around that axis”.
Some bus drivers, who spoke on the matter thanked the government for the work done at the roundabout but called for the deployment of non-uniformed security operatives in order to tackle the situation.
A driver, Mr. William Ebi said he is glad the place has become more open and the street lights have helped to improve the security situation.
He said the rate of assult on commuters have reduced because if they attack it will be difficult for the attackers to escape.
Alagoa Ebidein, another driver said there used to be police men on mufti patrolling the area which has since stopped and called on the government to bring them back.
He expressed displeasure that when these cultists and robbers are arrested, they are easily released and continue to attack people, adding that he knows one of them who has been arrested and released four times this year.
He stated that because of this, many people are afraid to report the incidents to the police because in no time, their assailants will be released.