Abuja - Motorists and commuters suffered
long hours in gridlocks on roads leading into Abuja city centre from satellite
communities as a result of security checks mounted by the military along the
Among the roads affected are Abuja-keffi highway,
Abuja-Suleja Road and Airport Road.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the
Abuja-Keffi Road, which is characteristically a heavy traffic route , commuters
stayed in the traffic for upwards of three to four hours.
NAN reports that on the route, scores of vehicles struggled
to pass the military check-points on Karu Bridge before joining the expressway,
where they had to join traffic from Mararaba and Nyanya and pass through
another check at Kugbo.
Similarly, those coming from Mararaba in Nasarawa State and
Nyanya in the FCT, struggled through as tempers flared among drivers, who tried
to manoeuvre through.
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Mr Jide Taiwo, a resident of Kurudu in the Federal Capital
Territory, said he spent three and a half hours to get into the city, which is
about 22km to his home.
Taiwo said the toughest point was in Karu, a community that
is 6km from the town, where he spent two and a half hours before entering the
He accused the authorities of only striving to protect the
powerful in the society to the detriment of the ordinary people.
"Now, the town is free for them, what happens around here
does not bother them,’’ he said.
A driver, Musa Danladi, expressed frustration that the
situation had made business expensive.
Musa said it was sad that parents would not encourage to
take their family members for recreation if the security checks continued.
"Why is it that they mount these checks on holidays?’’ he
Also on the Abuja-Suleja route, security check-points,
especially in Zuba, Kagini and Katampe Hill, caused serious traffic jam.
Motorists and commuters spent more than two hours from
Suleja to get to the FCT, resulting in commercial motorists transferring
their passengers to other vehicles and returning back.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said some of the
motorists were stopped at Kubwa pedestrian bridges by military personnel for
"I don’t think I will make another trip from Berger to
Suleja again today if I will have to experience this development again; the
check is stricter,’’ a motorist complained.
Similarly on the Lugbe axis, motorists found it difficult to
pass through Abuja City Gate and one witness said he had to call off his
journey to Jos because of the situation.