The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, on Monday denied reports being circulated via social media that a fully loaded Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) fell into the lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge.
Mr Osanyintolu warned Nigerians over the misuse of social media to spread such misleading information.
He said such misleading information via the social media could have grave security and emergency implications, saying a number of disasters had occurred in the past owing to such phantom messages.
“The report is not true. As a matter of fact, it was a false alarm. No BRT bus fell or plunged into the Lagoon. The report was spread to cause panic among Lagosians.
“A BRT bus was actually involved in an accident with a commercial bus around Ebute Ero on the Island; some people were injured and are now receiving medical attention.
“We have always warned against the use of social media to disseminate false alarm.
“All that this can achieve is to cause panic and if not well managed could lead to some accidents and security problems.
“We are urging residents who are in the habit of sending such messages to refrain from that act.
“Social media should not be used to cause problems for the society,” he said.
Mr Osayintolu advised residents to always call the state`s emergency lines in case of emergencies, adding that they could also call the lines to verify information relating to emergencies.