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Military Checkpoints Return to FCT Roads Over Rising Insecurity

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Military checkpoints are back on major highways connecting neighbouring states to Abuja, as a result of the recent upsurge in insecurity in Nigeria's capital.

Armed soldiers started mounting the check-points on Monday, and were seen carrying out stop and search exercises on suspicious vehicles.

Vehicles entering the Abuja city centre are thoroughly screened before being allowed to pass through the checkpoints.

Commuters who hit the road to resume their business activities after the weekend Sallah break were stunned by the traffic gridlock along the Abuja-Keffi highway caused by the military checkpoint stationed around the Kuje area of the road.

As has been the practice over the years, no official information was given by authorities regarding the return of the checkpoints.

Residents however said it may not be unconnected with the recent multiple threats on residents of Abuja by terrorist organisations.

The Federal Capital Territory has in recent times become a theatre of violence and criminal activities, leaving residents in perpetual fear.

Last week's terrorist attack on the Kuje Custodial Centre (prison) in which lives were lost and 64 Boko Haram inmates escaped, was the height of the exposure of the sleeping security architecture of the capital city.


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