How workers, commuters stranded in Abuja-Keffi road over massive gridlock
By Halima ABDULKADIRI
Business and commercial activities were practically ground to a halt of Wednesday and Thursday in Abuja-Keffi boundary between the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Nasarawa State due to standstill traffic alleged to be caused by roadblocks mounted by operatives of the Nigerian Army for checks.
The road was blocked at the Kugbo Mechanic Village section of the Abuja axis as a result of reoccurring kidnap case that has been going on inside FCT.
Traffic jam along the Abuja-Keffi road has alway been a recurring situation usually caused by accident, wrong packing, roadblocks by security operatives, too heavy traffic volume among others
Workers, who left homes as early as 6 am, were trapped inside their vehicles as at 9:20 am according to eye witness.
Angry commercial and private vehicle owners trapped in the gridlock were seen abandoning their vehicles due to the state of hopelessness.
It was also gathered that Mararaba to Nyaya which used to attract N100 per passenger now cost N400 while Mararaba to AYA bridge goes for N300 per person instead of the usual N200.
Okada riders has however made brisk business, charging as much as N1000 to convey a passenger from around Masaka to Kugbo.
No reason has yet been offered for the return of roadblock against traffic as the exercise which was prevalent at the height of terror scare had been suspended for more than two years now.
The long queues of vehicles that started at Kugbo Mechanic Village stretches as far as near Masaka.