The Kaduna-Abuja expressway is one of the most dangerous roads in the country at the moment, not just because of its bad road, but also because of the frequent kidnappings by bandits on the road. As a lot of people would be going down the road especially now that the train isn’t working, I’d be sharing with you 5 secrets to safe travelling along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
1) Avoid night journeys along the road: A lot of people prefer night journeys to day journeys, but for the Kaduna-Abuja road, night journeys shouldn’t be a preference. It’s mostly at night that the bandits and kidnappers carry out their plans on the road, especially as the security personnel on the road would have reduced.
If you can’t make your journey during the day, schedule the journey for the following day, rather than traveling on the road at night. Remember the train attack that happened weeks ago at the Kaduna-Abuja railway, it was a night attack, it didn’t happen during the day.
2) Always travel in a group along the road: Even while traveling along the road in the daytime, make sure to travel in groups. By groups, I don’t mean a group of people, but a group of cars. Don’t be a loner. Make sure that vehicles are always in front of your vehicle and also behind you.
Once you notice that there are no vehicles in sight ahead of you, take a pause and wait for a while till you can assume that all is well.
3) Make sure your car is in good condition before travelling: Now this is very important. Before travelling on that road, run a total checkup on your car to ensure that it is in good condition.
This is because, if your car breaks down on the road, you’d not only be stranded, but you’d also be prone to attack or kidnap, especially if it happens in a secluded area.
If you happen to have a flat tire, move on with it until you get to a safe place, before you change it. If there is a complete breakdown such that you can’t move on with the car, call for help immediately. Do not hesitate.
4) Be wary of checkpoints: Both the Police and the Army set up checkpoints along the road, but some of these bandits and kidnappers have been known to disguise themselves as either the Police or the Army by setting up their checkpoints.
Therefore be wary of them. Before you get to a checkpoint, make sure a good number of vehicles are ahead of you.
5) Be focused and be positive: Don’t be distracted by either your passengers or your travel partners, but be focused and always look ahead of you while driving. Also be positive, committing your journey to the hands of your Ori.