A partial military blockade of the heavily traveled Keffi-Abuja road has left hundreds of civil servants and independent contractors stranded by the sides of the road.
At the top of Kugbo hill, the well-known Kugbo Mechanic Village blocked the road.
Although there has been no official explanation provided for the unexpected road blockade that surprised many drivers, sources have suggested that it may have something to do with security concerns.
There were rumors that certain resentful groups had threatened to organize peaceful protests against certain government policies from Nasarawa to Abuja.
The traffic jam caused by the roadblock had extended over two kilometers to Mararaba as of the time this report was written.
The Nigerians in high places, unable to take the unpleasant circumstances, were observed to be leaving their places and turning around, while others pulled over by the side of the road to wait for the blockade to be lifted.
As might be expected, commercial motorcycle drivers, also referred to as “Okada,” are seeing rapid growth in their industry by demanding outrageous rates from passengers traveling from Mararaba to Kugbo Furniture Village.
What used to cost N200 for a drop now draws N1000 when available, according to our correspondent.
Government employees are also returning home because they could no longer stand the discomfort of standing by the sides of the road for hours on end.
Commercial bus driver Iiliasu Mohammed told reporters that the military’s abrupt action had taken him by surprise and that they should have notified him beforehand before taking any action that would have negatively impacted his everyday life or the daily life of any ordinary Nigerian.
After claiming to have been stuck in traffic for two hours, he begged the military to remove the obstacle so that his passengers, who are civil servants, could go to work.
It was noted that the Abuja – Keffi axis remains unobstructed, with the exception of the Keffi -Abuja road.