- There is a gridlock on the busy Kaduna-Zaria expressway as Kaduna residents protest against alleged land grabbing by the Nigerian Air Force
- The traffic stretched for over fifteen kilometres to the state capital, leaving many of the commuters to resort to trekking the long distance to their destinations
- The Nigerian Airforce is yet to react to the allegations and efforts are on to get their reaction
Kaduna residents on Monday, July 16, stormed Kaduna-Zaria expressway to protest against alleged land grabbing by the Nigerian Air Force.
The Channels TV reports that the protesters which include residents of Barkalawu community in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, caused a gridlock on the busy
The two lanes of the expressway were blocked by the protesters, leaving motorists travelling from Kaduna to other parts of the northwestern states stranded for over four hours.
It was learnt that the Kaduna-Zaria road is the only expressway that connects the nation’s capital, Abuja to other states in the North West and some parts of the northeast zones.
Passengers travelling to and from Zamfara, Kano, Katsina and other Northwestern states to Kaduna and the southern part of the country were left stranded as a result of the road blockade.
It was gathered that the traffic stretched for over fifteen kilometres to the Kaduna state capital, leaving many of the commuters to resort to trekking the long distance to their destinations.
The Nigerian Airforce is yet to react to the allegations and efforts are on to get their reaction.
News Agency of Nigeria also reports that the commutters were stranded for about two hours from around 3pm to about 4:50 pm on Sunday as residents of Gidan Gayan village on Kaduna -Abuja expressway took to the highway in protest over alleged killing of a vigilante leader in the community by suspected armed robbers.
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Their action brought traffic to a halt with hundred of commuters stranded for hours, Umar Ibrahim, commander, Kaduna state sector command of the FRSC said while confirming the incident said: “The villagers blocked the road in protest of the killing of their vigilante leader by suspected armed robbers.
Ibrahim explained that the incident caused vehicular gridlock that spanned up to 17 kilometres on the highway.
The sector commander advised motorists plying the highway to drive with caution, and said road marshals have been stationed to restore normalcy.
The spokesman of the police command, Muktar Aliyu, also said normalcy had been restored after ACP Abdullahi Tijjani pacified the villagers.
Aliyu said: “The situation is under control and normal traffic has been restored.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a group of Nigerians in solidarity staged a protest outside the residence of President Muhammadu Buhari, calling for him to go. The protesters were seen carrying placards with inscriptions such as "They can't kill us all", "Protect lives not cows.
"Herdsmen are boko haram members released by Nigerian government" and chanting Buhari must go."
President Buhari had departed Abuja for an official visit to the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold discussions with the British Prime Minister, Prime Minister Theresa May.
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