The two broken-down trucks ended up causing an obstruction on both sections of the expressway causing huge traffic at adjoining routes in Isheri Magodo, Alausa, Ogba and incoming traffic from Ojota, Ikorodu road and Alapere axis.
“The traffic is at standstill on Lagos Ibadan expressway following a crash that occurred at Kara construction area.
“A fully loaded truck lost control crossing the entire road both inwards and outwards. Our men are on the ground trying to pull it off the road without much success due to the load it’s carrying,” a statement from the FRSC command explained.
The three-man tribunal of enquiry set up to look into the July 4 accident involving the Bus Rapid Transit, popularly called BRT and a soldier on a motorbike, continued its sitting in Lagos on Tuesday with men of the Army represented at its proceedings.
To kick-start its public hearing, the tribunal listened to the accounts of two witnesses.
The first witness, Mr Folorunso Zaccheus, was a driver of one of the BRT buses while the second, Mr Olubunmi Akinwande, was a fleet officer with the Lagbus office.
The driver told the public hearing that on July 4, 2014, he drove the BRT bus which broke down at the Palmgrove Bus Stop, along the popular Ikorodu Road in Lagos.
After reporting the break-down at their base in Ojota, Mr Zaccheus said that he went back to sit in the bus to await a rescue van when he suddenly heard and felt a loud impact behind the bus. He peeped through the window and saw a bike on the floor.
This account of the bus driver is, however, in sharp contrast with that of the Army who in an investigative report sent to the tribunal claimed that the bus knocked down from behind, the soldier and his bike.
Channels Television judiciary correspondent reported that the sequence of events is at the heart of the inquiry of the tribunal which would continue its sitting on Wednesday by taking the accounts of the Army and it’s officers.
The incident allegedly led to the destruction of some BRT buses as well as alleged vandalisation, arson, looting and harassment of innocent citizens.
The 3-man tribunal of inquiry into the July 4, 2014 incident between soldiers and some drivers of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), in Lagos has held its inaugural sitting on Monday, September 15.
It was alleged that a BRT hit and killed a soldier thereby leading to destruction of some BRT buses, as well as vandalisation, arson, looting and harassment of innocent citizens.
The tribunal chaired by retired Justice Ebenezer Adebajo was set up by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, to enquire into the causes and factors leading to the road traffic accident, as well as the subsequent events on Ikorodu Road on that day.
The tribunal is to make appropriate recommendations to prevent future occurrence of incidents of such nature.
The Chairman of the tribunal appealed to eyewitnesses and other members of the public who have information on the incident to come forward and share such information with the tribunal to enable it get to the root of the matter.
Justice Adebajo pledged that the tribunal would be diligent, thorough and fair in its work.
Police in Lagos have intercepted a group of people posing as traffic officials on Lagos roads.
According to a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, the group, numbering about 35, dressed in grey and black uniforms, stormed Lagos roads like Ojota, Toll Gate and Ikorodu Road at about 7a.m., causing confusion on the roads in their attempt to take over the job of LASTMA.
The statement read: “The unknown people, whose intention could not be easily ascertained, were seen positioned in strategic locations where they engaged LASTMA officials who challenged them in arguments, claiming that they were sent to take over Federal Roads.
“They took Lagosians by surprise and instilled fear in a lot of people who were going to their offices early, as many could not explain their mission in the areas noted for being peaceful and hitch-free.”
Ibirogba further revealed that it took the intervention of the Police from the Lagos Command, to get them off the road and return normalcy on the roads after about four hours of causing confusion, attempting to fight LASTMA and generally disturbing the peace of the areas.
In view of this, the Lagos State Government has appealed to the public to remain calm and go about their normal duties, no matter any form of provocation or intimidation.
The Government also asked Lagos residents to be more security conscious and report cases of strange movements to the Police, making use of the emergency numbers – 767 or 121 to abate or avert trouble.