Lady Arrested For Using Bridge Closed For President Buhari’s Visit To Lagos
President Buhari is currently in Lagos for a 2-day visit to the state. In preparation for the presidential visit, the state was set on lock-down as major roads across the metropolis were either blocked or diverted.
Earlier today, Nigerians were made to stand under the scorching sun and were also not allowed to use Pedestrian bridges as the President tours the state.
According to reports from an undisclosed location in the state, a young lady made an attempt to use a pedestrian bridge that was reportedly shut down and she was immediately arrested by the security operatives on stand-by for disobeying the order.
Witnesses at the scene report that the lady was beaten by the policemen and also arrested alongside with one other man who tried to help her – to the shock of other bystanders.
Meanwhile, Lagos residents had a hard time commuting round the city earlier today as transporters also took advantage of the situation by hyping their transport fares to major locations across the states.
Some of the passengers were seen walking and pushing their luggage to the Airport in a desperate bid to avoid missing their flights.
It was gathered that all roads leading to the Airport were blocked as early as 5 am with security operatives taking positions at specific points to ensure that commuters comply with the restrictive order given by the Lagos state government.
A passenger who expressed his discomfort with the arrangements said that it was too early to block the roads as the blockage might make him miss his flight.
A security operative however explained that the road blockages were done for security reasons and to ensure that the President gets easy and smooth access to places he was scheduled to visit in Lagos.
President Buhari however arrived in the state around noon and his first destination was the Ikeja Bus Terminal, where he commisioned the newly completed project by the Lagos State government before he proceeded to the Eko Convention centre, Victoria Island to attend and chair the Colloquium to mark the 66th birthday of APC national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
We earlier reported that The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Lagos to begin a two-day official visit to the commercial city of Nigeria. His first destination was the Ikeja bus terminal.
President Buhari who was received at the Murtala Mohammed Airport by the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has commissioned the world class bus terminal in Lagos.
He is on his way to Eko Convention centre, Victoria Island to attend and chair the Colloquium to mark the 66th birthday of APC national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The bus terminal which is located behind the premises of the railway corporation opposite the Murtala Muhammed International Airport will connect 22 routes and over 60, 000 people are expected to transit through the facility on a daily basis.
According to reports, there are 13 similar bus terminals being constructed across the state.
According to reports, the terminal at Alapere, Ketu, and part of the state is scheduled for commissioning today, while the terminal at Tafa Balewa Square has also been completed and ready for commissioning.
The newly acquired buses by the Lagos state government will service the terminals. It was gathered that the state has taken possession of over 5,000 of the new buses. And there are reports that more of the buses will be acquired in the course of the year.
The Ikeja Bus terminal is sitting on 10,000 square metres land space is equipped with Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Fully Air-conditioned Terminal, Food Court, Shops, Toilets, ATM Gallery, Free Wi-Fi, Electronically Controlled shades, among others.
Through the ITS, intending passengers can be informed of the departure time and arrival of the next bus which allows them to plan their movement.
The facility was designed and constructed by Planet Projects, an indigenous construction firm.