Anambra State Deputy Governor, Onyekachukwu Ibezim confronted soldiers on Saturday for erecting roadblocks on some major roads in the state, causing gridlock for motorists.
Dr Ibezim, who was on a statewide traffic control tour, said it was unacceptable to the government that motorists would waste time and petrol due to artificial gridlock caused by soldiers.
He said the security personnel in Anambra could still do their jobs without necessarily inflicting undue hardship on the people.
At Amansea, near the border with Enugu State on the one lane expressway, Mr Ibezim wondered while soldiers at Stanel filling station and shortly after Nnamdi Azikiwe University gate would retain the disused tyres and sand bags which they used to barricade the road after he asked them to dismantle them.
Talking to the soldiers, he said, “I came here in the morning to warn you about this but you are still blocking the traffic; we must be sane in this country.
”I pulled out as a director in the Ministry of Defence, this is not what the Army stands for.
“Allow these people to move, you do not suffer tax payers this way,” he said.
He urged road users, motorists, and pedestrians to work with traffic management agencies to ensure free flow of traffic throughout the state.