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The Benin-City Bypass Road in Edo State gained notoriety for kidnapping and banditry, as reporter Ben Duno, who rode the route with other passengers for the weekend, escaped being attacked by Fulani shepherds over the weekend.
Duno, who works for the Sun Newspaper, said he escaped kidnapping by his mustache by traveling from Warri, Delta to Ibadan, Oyo, for his close friend’s wedding.
Talking about his experience, Duno said that he had never been afraid in his life, but he and other fellow travelers almost fell into the hands of the raiders terrorizing the country.
He said: “The dire reports of security concerns across the country, especially on some of the major highways crossing the country where travelers are kidnapped on a daily basis, have made me avoid traveling outside of my Warri enclaves for the past three years.
“This fear is compounded by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic from early last year until today, especially given the fact that this second wave appears to be more deadly.”
However, Sun Newspaper correspondent Warrie said that when he received an invitation from a friend that his cousin would get married in Ibadan over the weekend, he decided to change his previous decision.
According to him, “We left the park at about 7:38 am in Warri, Delta State and started our journey to Ibadan.
“The ride was smooth until we got to the Benin bypass by 9am when we saw so many cars (both commercial and private) parked on the street and when our bus driver asked other drivers what was going on, said, that the shepherds are working on the road and that the police patrolling the highway have gone into hiding.
“To my surprise and anger, the police patrol group we saw warned passengers to return and leave for the city if we continued our journey.
“When some of us, including the drivers, passengers and a few women, decided to walk to the place to see if we could see what was going on,
a car drove up to tell us that the criminals were heading in our direction, and the sooner we leave, the better. It was then that all passengers and drivers began to flee for safety reasons.
“I want to use this medium to urge everyone not to travel at this time, except that it is absolutely necessary as there are currently no safe places in this country. It has never been so awful in our national life. “