Members of the public from the Southeast and South south who sought to return to their bases were Saturday stuck at the Niger Bridge head, Onitsha.
The development followed the closure of the Bridge as a result of the local government election of Delta State. DAILY POST reports that movement along the bridge was restricted at exactly midnight.
Drama, however, ensued in the commotion at midday as a pregnant woman who was said to be travelling to lagos suddenly went into labour and was quickly attended to by other women.
They rushed her into a car which was quickly cordoned off and turned into an emergency labour room.
The Anambra State government which envisaged the trouble the closure of the bridge would cause travellers had on Friday issued a travel advice to returnee indigenes of the state who may seek to use the bridge.
A release by Mr Tony Nnachetta, Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy read, “As a result of local government elections which is scheduled to hold this Saturday, 6th January 2018 in Delta state, the Delta state government has announced that curfew will be in place in the state effective midnight on Friday.
“The curfew will affect movements into and out of Delta state including its borders and connecting roads with Anambra state.
“Ndi Anambra are therefore advised to take note of this development and make adequate travel arrangements to avoid being stranded, as they make plans to return to their various places of residence after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.”
As early as 7am, a huge human
and vehicular traffic had accumulated at the bridge on the Onitsha Axis.
Security personnel who manned the bridge and other borders of the state refused them access to the bridge, insisting that movement was restricted.
Some of the travellers had to alight from their vehicles to return to their state of origin, insisting they will make the journey the next day.
A traveller, Maazi Obi who spoke to DAILY POST said, “I was going to visit a friend in Agbor, Delta State, who invited me just to know his country home, but with this, I am going back to Awka.”
As at 3pm, the length of the vehicles in the traffic was still growing, while some motorists who sought to make a u-turn were unable to do so as they had been blocked by other vehicles.
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