By Stanley Onyekwere
There is palpable tension among FCT residents over the looming blockade of major roads serving as gateways into Abuja, the nation’s capital city, following today’s purported move by youth protesting against police brutality to shutdown Abuja, as #EndSARS movement enters it’s thirteenth day.
Recall that many residents have been subjected to untold nightmarish experiences, in the wake of the continued street demonstrations across the FCT and other major cities in the country, since it started one day short of two weeks.
Also, the protests and processions have persisted despite the scrapping of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the FCT Administration’s announcement of ban on street demonstrations and processions in the nation’s capital city.
However, it was gathered that the mounting panic mood was triggered off by the news of the today’s planned move to occupy Kubwa Expressway, Airport Road, Apo CBN Headquarters, Mararaba/Nyanya.
Our correspondent reports that activities on#AbujaTwitterCommunity, one of the social media platforms monitored yesterday revealed that the protesters threatened to take Monday morning protest to AYA roundabout.
In particular, the protesters warned that they are going to block the major roads including Karu, Nyanya, Mararaba, Karshi, Jikwoyi, Masaka, Ado and so on.
Checks also revealed that these areas are major civil servants hubs, hence if they are blocked, would become very difficult for government workers to get to their respective offices especially the Federal Secretariat complex.
A commercial bus operator, Uchendu Eke, who expressed serious concerns about the development, called on the protesters to trade with caution as their actions could trigger violence in the area.
Eke, who resides at Masaka, one of the densely populated settlements along the Abuja-Keffi road, the planned blockade would bring more hardships on the poor masses especially commuters traversing the ever-busy route.
Another concerned resident, who pleaded anonymity, said he was still in pains due to the same issue of blocking roads, during protest by the #EndSARS movement.
Not left out, a traffic management expert, who resides in Mararaba says”As much as we all support end to security men’s brutality, the tactics of the protesters to block major roads across the country and keep motorists and other commuters for hours is a punishment that must reconsider.
“Pregnant women, sick people and others in emergencies are always on the road. They must change tactics.
For now let us all endure it.”
Just at the weekend, many residents living in settlements along the Abuja Airport Road were stranded due to the activities of the aggrieved youth that are increasingly growing in popularity with the protest.
It was gathered that motorists spent hours in traffic as the protesting youth in their numbers blocked the city gate and the entire Airport road, while others who who heard of the situation took options of avoiding that axis