Friday, March 27, 2020

Kaduna curfew: Travellers to Jos, North east stranded at Bade-Keffi road

Travellers from Abuja to Jos, Bauchi and other parts of the North-East were stranded on Friday at a popular security checkpoint along the Bade-Keffi road as security agents enforced a 24 hours curfew imposed by the Kaduna State Government on Thursday.

Many vehicles and travellers stranded at the checkpoint were ignored by soldiers.

The soldiers told them that there was a curfew imposed on Kaduna state and advised them to find another route to their destinations.

Adamu Toro who was on his way to Bauchi but got stranded around 9:30am told daily trust correspondent on phone that travellers from Abuja to Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe as well as Yobe and Borno states were stranded on the Keffi-Bade road.

Toro said himself and his travelling companions had decided to take another route through Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State and Shendam in Southern Plateau state to reach their destination.

“There was no point waiting for hours especially since the soldiers had simply ignored us. Mind you, that Bade area is very dangerous and there have been incidents of killings and kidnappings around the area so we decided to find another route,” he said.

Another traveller by the name Dennis Danjuma who said he was travelling from Abuja to Jos in Plateau state told Daily Trust that even though he was aware of the curfew imposed on Kaduna state, the information had clearly stated that the state government would allow transit through the state.

Danjuma described the action as counter productive stressing that, “this is against the conditions of social distancing since we are all now congested and standing together in a frustrated environment. If they had allowed each of us to move along, this wouldn’t be happening,” he said.

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