A woman, whose name could not be ascertained at press time on Saturday, was delivered of a baby in the gridlock at Onitsha caused by the blockage of the Niger Bridge for local government elections in Delta State.
A mild drama was said to have played out in the gridlock as a pregnant woman who was said to be travelling to Lagos suddenly went into labour.
It was gathered that the mother was quickly attended to by women around who rushed her into a stationed car.
The car was quickly cordoned and turned into an emergency labour room, it was learnt, and shortly after, the woman was delivered of a baby amidst jubilation from stranded passengers.
Hundreds of travellers from the South-East and South-South returning home from the Christmas and New Year holidays were stranded, following the closure of the Onitsha end of the bridge.
Newsmen, who monitored the situation, said movement on the bridge was restricted as of midnight on Friday.
The Anambra State Government, in anticipation of the gridlock, had on Friday issued a travel advice to returnees to the state seeking to use the bridge after the polls.
A release by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Mr. Tony Nnachetta, read, “As a result of local government elections, scheduled to hold Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Delta State, the Delta State government has announced that curfew will be in place in the state effective midnight on Friday.
“The curfew will affect movement into and out of Delta State, including its borders and connecting roads with Anambra state.
“Ndi Anambra are therefore advised to take note of this development and make adequate travel arrangements to avoid being stranded, as they make plans to return to their various places of residence after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.”
As early as 7am, a severe human and vehicular traffic jam constituted of holidaying returnees from the South-East and South-South had formed on the Onitsha axis of the bridge.
Security personnel, who manned the bridge and other borders of the state, gave no one access to the bridge.
Some of the travellers had to alight from their vehicles to return to their states of origin, insisting they would make the journey the next day.
A traveller, Maazi Obi, said, “I was going to visit a friend in Agbor, Delta State, who invited me just to know his country home, but with this, I am going back to Awka.”
As of 3pm, the number of the vehicles in traffic was still growing, while some motorists who sought to make a U-turn were unable to do so as they had been blocked.