Biu calls for barricades on Ojuelegba bridge to halt crashes

By Maureen Ikpeama

Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, has expressed concern over recurring container crashes on Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos and called for barricades to stop articulated vehicles from using the bridge.

He made the call in a statement issued by the Federal Road Safety Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem on Sunday in Abuja.

Biu reacted  to the fatal crashes that occurred at Ojuelegba Bridge in Lagos in which nine people died and another that claimed 11 lives at Soka bridge on Lagos-Benin Highway.

He said that the construction of the barricades would provide permanent solution to the recurring crashes.Biu also called for the expansion of connecting roads under the Ojuelegba bridge to accommodate articulated vehicles.

According to him, FRSC rescue teams in collaboration with other emergency agencies had cleared obstructions from the two crash scenes for ease of movement. He added that the driver of the truck that caused the Ojuelegba accident was arrested and handed over to the police, while efforts were on to arrest the driver that caused the Soka bridge crash.

The corps marshal reiterated the need for enforcement of laws that would bring justice to victims of traffic crashes.

“Efforts should be made to activate them so that justice will be served accordingly to both the drivers and the victims,” he added.

The corps marshal cautioned commuters against route violation and driving against prescribed legal speed limits. He urged members of the public to call the FRSC toll free line 122 and National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM to report any traffic emergency. 

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