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Military orders temporary closure of some Abuja roads

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….Jude Johnson 

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has ordered a temporary closure major roads leading to the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.

The closure of this roads is line with the celebration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the DHQ said.

The military also informed members of the public, especially the motorists plying the Federal Secretarial Road, through Eagle Square, that there would be temporary closures of the road daily from 11 – 15 January 2017.

The director of defence information Rabe Abubakar, on Tuesday, January 11, said the action became necessary to enable hitch-free military rehearsals and subsequent event of Armed Forces Remembrance Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at National Arcade.

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Abubakar, a brigadier general however, assured that alternative routes would be made available for motorists within the period the roads would be closed.

In this case, he said, diversions would be guided and supervised by security and relevant uniformed personnel to avoid logjam and unnecessary obstruction.

“While regretting the temporary disruption of normal traffic flow on the road, the DHQ wishes to state that the rehearsals would only take place in the morning hours of the affected days and are billed to last for a short period daily.  The presence of the Armed Forces and other security agencies are for that purpose. Therefore, public should not panic,” he stated.

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The Defence Spokesperson recalled  that the grand finale of the Armed Force Remembrance Day Celebration activities will take place on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Abubakar said President Muhammadu Buhari will lead other top government functionaries including the chief of defence staff, service chiefs and the inspector general of police to lay wreaths at the National Arcade, opposite the Eagle Square in Abuja.

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