Mil­i­tary eases traf­fic jam along Abuja road

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Abubakar Yakubu & Ron­ald Mu­tum

Pres­sure from com­muters over grid­lock along Nyanya and Karu roads has made soldiers at Kugbo check­point to open an­other lane to ease traf­fic flow.

Com­muters had com­plained that the traf­fic jam had turned ter­ri­ble and ap­pealed to the au­thor­i­ties to do some­thing on it.

Soldiers had re­duced the three-lane Nyanya-AYA ex­press­way to a sin­gle lane in or­der to search ve­hi­cles af­ter last week’s bomb blast at a bus ter­mi­nus in Nyanya.

A res­i­dent of Ado in Nasarawa State said he left his house at about 4.30 am to beat the traf­fic jam but was still stuck at Nyanya as at 7.30 am.

An­other res­i­dent who re­sides at Karu Site said be left home at 7 am and was held-up in the traf­fic jam for three hours.

Ac­cord­ing to him, a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle with an of­fi­cer ar­rived at the scene at about 10 am and ve­hi­cles were al­lowed to pass for some time to ease the grid­lock be­fore the one-lane check­point was in­creased to two.

Re­act­ing to the grid­lock caused by the mil­i­tary oper­a­tion, the De­fence Head­quar­ters yes­ter­day urged the pub­lic to tol­er­ate the tem­po­rary se­cu­rity mea­sures along the road.

Di­rec­tor of De­fence In­for­ma­tion, Ma­jor­Gen­eral Chris Oluko­lade, said the traf­fic grid­lock was as a re­sult of on­go­ing checks on ve­hi­cles com­ing into the city.

“The gen­eral pub­lic is as­sured that the mea­sures are not puni­tive or de­lib­er­ately meant to in­con­ve­nience road users,” he said.

Ma­jor-Gen­eral Oluko­lade said: “The se­cu­rity mea­sures will be re­viewed as more equip­ment and additional sup­ports are in­tro­duced to ease the grid­lock.”

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