Ahead of the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal today, motorists and passengers are stuck on major roads in Abuja due to gridlock caused by heightened checks by security agencies.
Kemi Filani News reports that gridlock was recorded on major roads that led into Abuja’s metropolis.
The roads affected include the Nyanya-Mararaba, Kubwa, Dutse, Lugbe and Apo expressways.
As part of a security beef-up occasioned by the tribunal’s judgement, the Police, the Army and other agencies mounted checkpoints along major roads in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Wednesday morning.
The security agents subjected vehicles to ‘stop and search’ protocols, slowing traffic and causing gridlock on the major roads.
As of this report’s filing, hundreds of vehicles heading into Abuja metropolis are stuck in slow-moving traffic.
The motorists and their passengers include workers and businessmen going to their places of work and others going about their engagements.
The gridlock is expected to last the whole day, as the security agencies have beefed up security to forestall the breakdown of law and others as a result of the judgement.
The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, had, on Tuesday, September 5, warned against any attempts to disrupt the proceedings.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, issued the warning in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The statement noted that security has been beefed up nationwide because of the judgement.
The statement said, “In its bid to fortify security architecture and forestall any breakdown of law and order across the country as a result of the forthcoming Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Judgment scheduled to be passed on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the Nigeria Police Force has strengthened its deployment across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
“Furthermore, the NPF strongly cautions all individuals, including mischief makers and political gladiators, to be cautious in their actions and statements. The Force will not condone activities capable of inciting violence or causing a descent into anarchy.
“It is imperative for all citizens to embrace peace and maintain calm, regardless of their political affiliations, to ensure a peaceful and secure environment.
“The Nigeria Police Force is dedicated to protecting and serving the Nigerian people and is committed to carrying out these roles with professionalism, impartiality, and utmost dedication.
“Together, we can ensure a peaceful and secure environment for all during this period.”