In less than one week, there have been at least five (5) accidents recorded along Calabar-Odukpani road in Cross River State.
It was gathered that a deathtrap inadvertently planted by the contractors carrying out the dualization from Tinapa Junction to Odukpani Junction is the major cause of the accidents.
Since the laying of the centre barrier from Tinapa Junction to Scanobo Junction, last Thursday, accidents have been happening on a routine basis, especially at night due to the absence of a caution sign.
It is worst, especially to those coming into the town this couple of days when the contractors started laying the centre pavement.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, another accident occurred as a Toyota Sienna rams into the centre barriers at about 9:00 pm.
A commuter and an eyewitness, Okon Romeo, who regularly ply that route said the barrier is becoming a deathtrap as accidents now occur regularly in the area.
“The contractors handling the laying of barriers from Tinapa junction to Scanobo are doing a very terrible job, I wonder if their employer actually supervises that job.
“They started laying those barriers since Thursday last week – with at first – about just four barriers only. They never placed a signal (caution) post to guide drivers driving at night.
“From that Thursday till today being Tuesday, about five accidents had been recorded; with the recent being that of this night – involving a Toyota Sienna.
“I urge the governor of the state, Sen. Ben Ayade to summon the contractors immediately to explain their reasons for such careless behaviour that endangers human lives and properties and why it has to taken them that long to lay road barriers.”