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Motorists, commuters lament gridlock, robbery attacks amid Third Mainland Bridge closure


Motorists and commuters have continued to lament the gridlock experienced in Lagos due to the closure of Third Mainland Bridge.

They also complained of hike in fare prices and increased traffic congestion as trailers and trucks have blocked the alternate routes provided by the government.

One of the commuters, Isaac Okon, said that traffic was much at Costain roundabout with trailers and trucks blocking the way.

Another motorist, Helen Uzor, who lamented heavy traffic while commuting to work despite leaving home 6:00 a.m., said transport fare had increased compared to what it used to be before the closure.


Besides, there were reports of robbery attacks on the route by hoodlums who smashed vehicles to gain access.

A twitter user, Laide Farawe Olayiwola, said: “Traffic robbers on Third Mainland Bridge. Some cars held in traffic were robbed shortly before getting to the ring road at 3:45 p.m. The criminals were three. This is just the first traffic day on Third Mainland Bridge and the crime has begun.”

Another user, @SomtoSocial, said: “A robbery report on Third Mainland Bridge is currently true. Robbers are smashing windows and gaining access to cars. Please stay safe, relevant authorities take note.”

Also Victor, @ndulewe, said: “The traffic as a result of the Third Mainland Bridge closure is absolutely insane. Awolowo Road, Obalende, Keffi, Sura, Osborne and all linking roads are blocked. No joy at all.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has reiterated its readiness to sustain the Oyingbo axis of any impediment mostly caused by food traders.

The Corps Marshal of the agency, CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (rtd), disclosed this at the Command Headquarters, Bolade-Oshodi.

According to her, “Oyingbo-Iddo via Carter Bridge is one of alternative routes to ease traffic movement into the Island during the repairs and as such, the agency operatives tagged OYINGBO RESCUE TEAM who have been stationed in the last three months to curb the activities of these recalcitrant traders would be fortified to ensure significant improvement is achieved towards reducing to the barest minimum the activities of the traders and drivers who disrupt free traffic movement around this axis.”


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