Soldiers Turn Back Senator Abaribe Convoy Over Alleged Indiscipline


The convoy of the Senator representing Abia South zone at the National

Assembly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on Thursday, had a rough deal with

soldiers at the military checkpoint at Nsulu Games Village on the old Aba

— Umuahia highway.
Trouble started for the senator who serves as the spokesman of the senate

when his 5 -vehicle convoy which was on its way back from Umuahia, overran

the barricade set up at the checkpoint as a brand Toyota Sienna car with

the inscription, ˜Barr. Friday Nwosu Foundation™ has already gone halfway

through the second barricade leading to a gridlock with each party claiming

right of way.
Following the confusion, the driver of the branded car was said to have

insisted on not going back as the convoy of the senator which was far off

when he was already halfway through the barricade should have waited for

him but chose to block the road.
According to eyewitness accounts, the soldiers on duty who were visibly

angered at the unruly behavior of the senator and his convoy reprimanded

them and ordered the 5 vehicles in his convoy to turn back and make way for

the branded bus of the Barr. Friday Nwosu Foundation to drive through the

The soldiers further rebuked the two MOPOL men in the senator convoy who

had already disembarked and threatened to deal with the driver of the

Sienna car if he fails to make way for the senator.

A source hinted that Abaribe who is now contesting for the Abia

governorship seat in 2015 was seated in one of the jeeps in the convoy, but

could not utter a word to the soldiers as he wound down his windscreen and

ordered the driver of the pilot security car to turn back.

The source further stated that the Barr. Friday Nwosu who is a governorship

aspirant was not in the Sienna car as at the time of the incident.

Said one of the eyewitnesses, Senator Abaribe convoy was clearly at

fault because the Sienna car had almost gone through the last barricade at

the checkpoint before the senator security vehicle which was coming from

the Umuahia end decided to block the road. I was on my way back from

Umuahia when the convoy overtook me and I later caught up with them at the

checkpoint only to witness the confusion. The convoy has already stopped to

allow the Sienna pass, but later started moving.
“May be, they did it because they recognized the oncoming car as that of

his opponent in the governorship race. I commend the soldiers for the way

they handled the situation.
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