For commuters into Abuja from The satellite towns on the Nassarawa axis, accessing the city center for work and business today was a nightmare.
Our correspondent who monitored the gridlock reports that it took over 5 hours for those coming from Masaka,Mararaba and environs to access the town through the Nyanya -Keffi route due to the army checkpoints mounted especially at Mogadishu barracks.
The traffic, it was observed, spanned from the Karu end of the expressway through the Murtala Mohammed Expressway to the Goodluck Jonathan Expressway.
The Nigerian Army has failed to respond to all inquiries as regards the gridlock
However, motorists wondered why the soldiers decided to mount a roadblock at the centre of such a strategic expressway which links Abuja to Nasarawa State.
While some wondered whether it was a temporary measure, others lamented that no notice was given.
A motorist, Mrs. Ololade Oludare, said, “I am a lawyer and I am supposed to be in court by 9am. Usually, it doesn’t take me more than 15 minutes to get to the Court of Appeal, but I have already spent over 35 minutes in this traffic.”
Another motorist, Shehu Mohammed, wondered why soldiers were searching the cars of motorists when there was no state of emergency in Abuja.
He said, “Soldiers asked us to open our booths and they even looked inside the cars. Ideally, this should be the job of the police “