Road Network News #Update
Truck drivers on the Apapa bridge were forced to make a U-turn on Monday by Naval officers after the Military and State government issued a 48-hour ultimatum to truck drivers to vacate all bridges in the state, citing security and safety reasons.
Though the quit notice had been passed last Wednesday, some truck drivers adhered to the directive almost immediately by relocating to other roads. Some remained adamant, claiming they had nowhere to go.
With the enforcement order taking charge, truck drivers have been forcefully moved to their parks. Among those who refused to obey the orders were tankers and articulated truck drivers on Wharf Road, Marine Beach and Mile Two Bridge, they claimed they were on queue to enter the port.
But The Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Abbah said the navy would not allow any truck to stay on the bridges, He claimed that they are a death threat to the pedestrians surrounding it.
“With the rising number of fallen tankers on innocent individuals in their cars and buses in times past, hence this decision. We can’t allow these drivers to stay on the bridges, some are addicted to alcohol and hard drugs.”
He said the enforcement was being done in batches to prevent traffic gridlock across the state.
“We are doing the enforcement in batches. If we cover all the bridges at once, there will be standstill in Lagos and we do not want that to happen. Also, we have ensured that there is no static truck on the bridge leading into Apapa from Western Avenue. We would go after those ones still on Eko Bridge.”
Working at Berger and Otto Wharf axis yesterday, the Naval officers under the supervision of the flag commander moved all the trucks on the bridges up to Boundary and moved the ones at orile in batches of 10 to 20.
“The directive remains that we do not want trucks on Lagos bridges and we would not stop until they comply. I will be meeting with the leadership of NUPENG and those of trailer drivers on Tuesday again.”