.Travellers, Inter-state workers Stranded
By: DELE OMOJOLA
The embattled governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has ordered blockage of all roads leading to Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State Capital to avoid being impeached by the state’s legitimate lawmakers, who had earlier served him a notice. Overnight, the Ado-Iyin Road, Ado-Ikere Road, Ado-Ijan Road and Ado-Ilawe Road have all been blocked with school buses trailers and logs of wood and bonfires. Inside the trailers and buses are no drivers. As a result, lives of Ilawe-Ekiti residents, who need medical treatment at the State Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, are being put at risk, as they cannot reach the state capital by road. Students going to Ado-Ekiti cannot get there to take their examinations.
Commercial transporters plying Ado-Ekiti-Ibadan and Lagos routes have had to return to their parks. A passenger (name withheld), who had business to attend to in Lagos expressed disappointment, saying he was shocked that “this kind of development could be happening in a civilized society”.
As at 9.00 o’clock this morning, traffic within Ado-Ekiti, especially old garage were unusually low. Commercial vehicles plying Lagos and Ibadan were also seen waiting at parks. Residents of Ado-Ekiti, who work in Ondo State capital, were prevented from going to resume their duties.
However, police patrol vehicles are all over Ado-Ekiti to prevent breakdown of law and order. All Ado-Ekiti residents, who spoke to Motoring World regarding the development expressed surprise as to why a governor should take that kind of decision against the interest of the people.
Motoring World further investigation revealed that Fayose has shared money to thugs to make bonfire and block roads at other towns in Ekiti, including Otun-Ekiti and Ayetoro Ekiti.
Travellers affected are appealing to the police and road safety to remove the blockages with towing vehicles so that they could regain back their freedom of movement to embark on their legitimate journeys.
It would be recalled that, to prevent citizens of Ekiti from celebrating the victory of the APC president-elect, General Mohammed Buhari, governor Fayose also withdrew the Ekiti people’s freedom of movement by imposing dusk to dawn curfew, which was not lifted until last Friday.