Niger bridge diversion: Motorists stranded in gridlock

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Gridlock on a Federal Highway

Hundreds of motorists heading toward Abuja and other parts of the North are on Sunday stranded at the Osi-Eruku axis of the Ilorin-Omu-Aran-Kabba federal road due to a gridlock.

A correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the situation reports that the traffic jam, which started as early as 8 a.m., saw many of the motorists sitting inside their vehicles for hours.

The gridlock was attributed to the recent increase in the volume of traffic, especially heavy duty trucks on the road, many of which had already broken down.

It will be recalled that the bridge that collapsed at Tatabu village in Niger last Monday had forced diversion on the road for travellers going to the northern parts of the country.

The bridge, which is situated in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state, was said to have collapsed following a heavy downpour.

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