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Motorists want Lagos Government to reverse one-way rule on Charity-Ladipo service lane

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
10 November 2021   |   3:10 am
Lagos motorists, yesterday, denounced Lagos State Government’s one-way signage on Lagos roads, especially the one linking Ladipo International Spare parts Market from Charity Bus Stop.

Charity U-turn, outlawed during construction work PHOTO: Jesutomi Akomolafe<br />

Seek overhauling of Taskforce team

Lagos motorists, yesterday, denounced Lagos State Government’s one-way signage on Lagos roads, especially the one linking Ladipo International Spare parts Market from Charity Bus Stop.

 
The State Ministry of Transportation had in September, mounted barricades on the road, following the construction of Ladipo service lane, impeding motorists connecting Ladipo, Mushin, and environs from Lagos airport link bridge.
   
The one-way signage was erected on August 23 without prior information, with Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) officers reportedly extorting motorists and impounding vehicles in the area.
  
The signage was mounted for easy construction of the service lane, with the view that it would be reversed after completion.
  
With the near completion of the construction work, motorists, who surmounted all odds to navigate from the Lagos airport bridge to Ladipo Spare Market service lane, thought that their challenges were over, but the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has sounded a note of warning, that the ban has not been lifted.
 
According to LASTMA Spokesman, Olumide Filade, the route should be avoided as there exists a one-way ban despite the completion of the road.
  
Before now, commuters who access Ladipo come through the Apakun-Oshodi link bridge and descend from the bridge close to the Army Resettlement centre, Charity, Oshodi, to connect Mushin.
 
   
For motorists, having their vehicles impounded by the Task Force officers has become a nightmare as officers reportedly extort huge sums of money from arrested drivers.
 
While drivers generally lookout for road signs to avoid flouting the state’s traffic law, some victims told The Guardian how they were harassed, extorted and arrested on the roads that are without any signage.
 
According to them, 30 per cent of Lagos roads have no signs indicating one-way and other warnings, which have continued to increase the number of defaulters on different routes.

A business man, Adeolu Oyinlola, who accused some officers of being unprofessional, said his Toyota car was impounded in August along Charity bus stop and BOC gas company.
 
He said his driver, Sunday Emem, was on his way when four policemen stopped him at Charity Bus Stop for an alleged one-way offence.

   
According to Oyinlola, there was no indication on the road that it’s a one-way as it was a service lane that admits two. Because he refused to part with money as demanded his car was impounded.
  
When The Guardian visited, the stretch of the road from Charity, BOC Gas company to Oshodi had no signage or indications.