Robbers exploit gridlock from Lagos collapsed bridge

Checkout Magazine has learnt that some armed men have started seizing the opportunity of the gridlock being caused by the collapsed section of the Ijora-Olopa Bridge in Lagos to dispossess unsuspecting motorists and passers-by of their valuables.

It was reported that a portion of the bridge caved in on Tuesday and traffic was quickly diverted to the other lane. The diversion, as we discovered, led to gridlock on the road.

Our correspondents who visited the area on Thursday gathered that hoodlums had been attacking motorists inside the gridlock, especially towards the evening.

An eyewitness, who did not want his name mentioned because of fear of victimisation, said some hoodlums attacked a lady in the traffic with a knife and dispossessed her of her belongings on Wednesday.

He said other victims were saved by some soldiers who were passing by at the time of the attack.

The source said, “A lady was robbed yesterday (Wednesday) night. She was in her car and the armed robbers pulled out a knife to frighten her, and unfortunately, she was dispossessed of her belongings on the spot.

“The robbers used the knife to injure her on the face and she was soaked in blood.

“Four armed robbers in a tricycle also attempted to rob a man, but the attack was foiled because some soldiers were passing by. The robbers fled the scene on sighting the soldiers.”

Another road user, while corroborating the source’s claim, called for more caution while plying the road. He also called on the government to speed up the rehabilitation work on the collapsed section.

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