Abuja-Kaduna Gridlock: Despite the reopening of the Kaduna-Abuja road, as announced by the Kaduna State Government, thousands of road users passed the night on the road as the gridlock persisted.
The Kaduna-Abuja road was blocked by angry tanker drivers in the early hours of Friday.
The drivers insisted that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna meet with them before they remove their vehicles.
The drivers’ protest followed the killing of one of them by a police officer allegedly for refusing to pay N500 bribe.
Hours after the gridlock started on Friday, the Kaduna State commissioner of internal affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the state government has reached a truce with the tanker drivers.
Mr Aruwan said the road has been cleared for free movement and the state government has sent a delegation to condole with the family of the bereaved.
Despite the assurance of the Kaduna government, however, thousands of commuters were still stranded on the road.
A PREMIUM TIMES reporter, who was caught up in the gridlock and spent the night with other commuters, on the road, described it as a lifetime experience.
Mohammed Lere’s vehicle arrived at the gridlock at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday and only arrived Kaduna on Saturday morning.
Some travellers who spoke to our reporter said this was their worst experience ever on the road.
Malam Hafiu, who was travelling from Enugu to Sokoto, described it as a disaster.
“This is really a disaster for me. I never experienced this type of gridlock on an express road like this. We came and met this lockdown at about 3 p.m. on Friday. Nobody was moving. Thousands of cars were stranded.