Abuja-Okene highway completely shutdown by truck drivers

Truck drivers have blocked the Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highways since the early hours of today.

The truck Drivers are protesting a N10,000 naira tax imposed on them by the Kogi State revenue Service.

The state government, police and the Federal Road Safety Corps were, however, taking measure to ensure a free flow of traffic.

No official reaction has yet been released from the state government.

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However, the state police Commissioner, Mr. Badulahi Chafe is currently meeting with the leadership of the truck drivers.

One of the motorists trapped in the gridlock, Mr. Isaac Ighure said that he had remained on the same spot on the road for over three hours.

Igure described the development as bad for the state and the country, especially when it is happening few days to Christmas.

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The gridlock has stretched to over 50 kilometers as at the time of this report.

The meeting with officials of the truck drivers is holding at the state police command headquarters.

The Police Public Relations Officers, ASP William Aya, confirmed the gridlock to the News Agency of Nigeria.

He, however, said the issue would soon be resolved in order to ease the hardship on motorists and the traveling public.