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Motorists Groan As Abuja Gridlock Resumes

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi Abuja

The gridlock that disappeared last one at the Nyanya–Mararaba axis of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), following the directive by President Muhammadu  Buhari that all military check points in the country be dismantled has resurfaced.

A cross view of vehicles during the traffic.

A cross view of vehicles during the traffic.

Daily Independent Metro  can authoritatively reveal that the military check point  removed following the president’s directive at the popular Nyanya was reopened on  Friday.

Motorists heading to the city centre were held by the lock jam for several hours.

The military officers on duty restricted vehicular  movement to only one out of the three lanes.

Speaking with our correspondent, one of the motorists held by the traffic expressed anger over the development.

He grudgingly gave his name as Amos around complaining that he had been on the road since 9 am only for him to discover  motorists were restricted to just one lane.

“I have been on the road since around 9am. I am surprised to discover that the road is totally locked up. You can see that the traffic has stretched from  Nyanya here to Orange Market which is after Mararaba. I have an appointment for 10am and now it is after 12 pm. I am even confused as I don’t know when I am going get out of this hell.

“I cannot understand why they always want to punish us on this road. The road was relatively free after the removal of the road block for the past one week. Everybody was happy because at least, when you leave home you will be sure of getting to the city centre within the next 30 minutes. “The whole thing has taken everybody unawares and you can see the faces of people, everybody is angry about the whole situation.”

A female motorist who was feasibly angry while responding to a question from said: “What do you want me to tell you. Is this the kind of change they have promised us? We passed here yesterday evening and the road was free. Even in the early hours of today, my colleagues that  passed here told me that the army officers were not here. What brought them here  again now?”

“The government is not being fair to those plying this road. Why must the army officers block the whole road leaving only one lane considering the magnitude  vehicles on the road daily.

“The government must find a way out for us. The suffering is getting to an  unbearable level.”