Delta LG polls: Thousands stranded at Onitsha Bridge Head

Many travellers and commuters were on Saturday stranded in Onitsha, Anambra, following the closure of the Asaba end of the Niger for several hours for the conduct of Local Government elections in Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Anambra Government had earlier, through a public service announcement, warned travellers about the curfew imposed in Delta which started on Friday night.

However, travellers from and outside the state, who took chances, were disappointed when they got to the Onitsha end of the .

NAN further that the restriction order caused huge vehicular and human on the ever busy Onitsha express way.

Mrs Joy Egwuatu, a traveller from Awka to Lagos, expressed disappointment at the development, saying she was not aware of the election and the public announcement.

“Such announcement should have been made several says before the election rather than just one day pre-notice,” Egwuatu, who was returning after the Christmas and New Year celebration, said.

Commenting on the development, Mr Sunday Ajayi, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Corps (FRSC), said the corps started to witness as early as 6.00 a.m. on Saturday.

“You know, the road was shut due to the election in Delta like it was done during the governorship election of Nov. 18, 2017 in Anambra.

“Due to pressure, had to press for the reopening of the route before 3.00 p.m.

“As you can see now, have controlled the and the road is free now,” Ajayi said.

Meanwhile, an unconfirmed source said a pregnant woman travelling to Lagos suddenly went into labour during the long wait and was quickly attended to by other women.

The source said the woman was delivered of her baby during the emergency and was later taken to a hospital for proper attention.(NAN)


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