#EndSWAT: Again, Protesters Block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

Once again, protesters have blocked the Lagos-Ibadan expressway protesting against police brutality and extra-judicial killings of Nigerians.

The protest comes after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

According to the protesters, the agitation continues because the decision to immediately replace SARS operatives with SWAT is so sudden.

The protesters are also asking the Inspector-General of Police to resign from his position.

The mass protest against police brutality in Nigeria continued on Wednesday in major cities across the country including Lagos and Abuja, the nation’s capital.

In Abuja, protesters marched major streets in the city and blocked major roads thereby causing gridlock.

They assembled at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice and displayed placards demanding justice for slain victims of police brutality.

Also on demand is a complete reform of the Nigeria Police Force, instead of just replacing the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) unit with another unit called SWAT.

FG Announces Free Train Ride On Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line

A file photo of the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi. Photo: Twitter- @ChibuikeAmaechi

 

 

The Federal Government has announced free train ride for travellers along the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, made the announcement on Saturday via his Twitter handle.

He explained that the take-off point is the Iju train station in Lagos while the free ride would last beyond the festive period.

Amaechi noted that it would run through March 2020.

He, therefore, urged commuters along the route to take advantage and “ride to the next level”.

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VIDEO: Trailer Accident Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A heavily laden trailer has rammed into the pavement at the Berger-Kara Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in South-west Nigeria.

The accident is said to have occurred very early in the morning on Thursday and has left many travellers outwards Lagos stranded.

As at 9 am, officials from relevant authorities are already at the scene making effort to clear the road.

They include the police and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) among others.

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Authorities have yet to confirm whether there is any casualty in the incident.

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Fallen Truck Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A fallen truck on Wednesday morning caused a gridlock along the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, disrupting the flow of movement in and out of the country’s commercial city.

The articulated truck laden with a container veered off the highway after its driver lost control, making the container fall off, and crossing over the entire stretch of the highway.

Emergency and road officials immediately cordoned off the area as driving out of Lagos was difficult.

Efforts to pull off the container did not come so easy, commuters had to spend long hours on the road while commercial motorcycle operators made a brisk business out of the situation.

Eyewitnesses say truck accidents are becoming more rampant on that axis of the highway.

Five Persons Confirmed Dead In Kara Multiple Accident

Five people lost their lives on Thursday in a fatal accident which happened at the popular Kara Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident, which happened in the early hours of the day, also left a number of people injured.

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed the number of deaths to Channels Television via a phone interview.

“On the spot, three people lost their lives,” he said. “But on the way to the hospital, two other people (I understand by men of the Federal Road Safety Corps who took them to the hospital) also died, meaning we lost five people to that crash.”

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The LASEMA boss said investigation carried out at the scene of the incident revealed that a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of ago (diesel) ram into a stationary truck carrying brewery products.

According to him, the reported oil spill on the road resulted in the multiple crashes involving some trucks and cars.

“We got a call from the Call Centre at about 7:00 in the morning that multiple accidents occurred on the long bridge, Kara inward Ibadan and our men responded very swiftly.

“On reaching the incident scene, we discovered that 16 vehicles were involved in these multiple crashes allegedly caused by a vehicle that spilled diesel on the road, which eventually made the road slippery.

“There are about eight trucks involved and eight other vehicles,” said Tiamiyu.

The incident had led to a massive gridlock on the highway, leaving motorists on both sides of the roads stuck for hours.

Mr Tiamiyu, however, said the traffic had been decongested, saying: ”the road is now free for vehicular movement, they have cleared it.”

He also confirmed the death of two other people in another accident which involved a collision between a truck and a train in the Fagba axis of Lagos State.

“We moved immediately from that incident there (on the Kara Bridge) straight to Fagba where a trailer rammed into a train. Unfortunately again, two people lost their lives to that incident,” the LASEMA boss said.

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge Another tanker accident occurred on Thursday at the Kara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This comes barely less than a month after the road witnessed a horrifying accident that claimed four lives.

The latest one occurred just a few metres away from where the initial one occurred.

The accident happened when a tanker lost control and rammed into a passenger bus conveying 12 passengers, almost knocking it over the bridge.

The incident led to traffic build up but the combined effort of the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission, Lagos State Fire Service and the Ogun State Road Marshals brought it under control.

Thankfully, no life was lost but those with injuries are said to be receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

FRSC Seeks Cooperation To Manage Lagos-Ibadan Gridlock

Lagos-Ibadan, FRSCFriday has been a day of heavy gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, owing to the ongoing reconstruction work on the road and the closure of some portions of the road.

As a result, the Federal Road Safety Corps is asking motorists and other road users to cooperate with the agency to address their plight on the road and reduce their travel time.

This is according to FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who is in Lagos to monitor the management of the heavy traffic witnessed on the highway.

“Construction work is going on on Lagos-Ibadan express and two days ago we issued a traffic alert in respect of the partial closure of a section of the road from the Shagamu interchange coming towards Lagos.

“The essence of this is that the construction company wants to do the final asphalt overlay of the road and they need to partially close that section which is just five kilometres.

“We are moving towards the dry season, the tempo of work has increased and the construction company has asked for support from both the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the FRSC to enable them do the correct thing so that they can increase the pace of work.

“We want to appeal to the public to bear with this development because when the road is closed there will be some strain.

“Road users need to plan their journeys and with the peak period like this, what we require is understanding from road users. By next year the road will be in a better shape,” he said.

Ogun Govt. Begins Asphalt Laying On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Lagos-IbadanThe Ogun State Government has commenced asphalt laying on the failed portion of the Lagos-Ibadan express being repaired by the state government.

This is to demonstrate its seriousness in ending the daily stress being experienced by road users and residents along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

A visit to the place revealed that an appreciable length has been covered in the ongoing palliative measure initiated by the state government

Supervising the exercise, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lekan Adegbite, said that the project would be completed on record time.

He, however, debunked insinuations that the palliative measure is being carried out by a popular church along the expressway.

Oyo Govt To Complete 1004 Housing Units In 12 Months

Gov Abiola AjimobiThe Oyo State Government has commenced the construction of two housing estates, with a total of 1,004 housing units to be completed within the next one year.

This is in addition to the over 2,000 units already being constructed along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The estates known as ‘‘Lakeside Residential Estates” situated at Idi Ishin Reservation Area and Elenu Shonsho area of Ibadan, the state capital, occupy about 20 hectares of land.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, speaking about shelter being one of man’s most important needs, said that his administration embarked on the housing project to ensure that citizens do not lack those basic needs.

He added: “I’ll particularly like to state that we also envisage that this is the first phase, the other phases will come and it will cumulate in a total of 10,000 housing units.”

Ogun Govt Aims At Improving Standard Of Living In Rural Areas

segun abiodunThe Special Adviser on Housing in Ogun State, Segun Abiodun, says one of the aims of the government is to ensure that residents living in the rural areas are able to work and maintain a good lifestyle in their comfort zone, instead of migrating to the urban areas.

“What we are trying to do is to transform those towns into livable zones,” she said.

Citing an example, she stated that the ministry was working on transforming Agbara into an industrial estate with the help of Opic, by developing housing units to support the industrial estate that the ministry was developing.

“You don’t have to travel outside Agbara to get the things that you need like good schools, hospitals and we are trying to develop good roads”.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, the Special Adviser mentioned that the drive of the government in terms of infrastructure wass to open up all rural areas. “We intend to open all rural areas in the state where you can find Ogun standard roads, which means, whatever we are doing can be seen anywhere in the world.”

She also stated that one of the focuses of the Ministry of Agriculture for the state was to have a “producing market” in the rural areas, instead of residents coming to the highway to buy food and other items. She noted that the housing sector in the state was the basis for which the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture could thrive.

She also said that some projects that would be unveiled at the forum included the development of the metro city; which is situated along the long bridge on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

She explained that the Ogun state government intended to turn the metrocity into a social economic environment, to invite investors into the state.