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Traffic robbery returns to Port access roads


Abiola Seun        |     

Armed robbery on the port access roads has returned due to the gridlock that has worsened weeks after some respite.

It was gathered that commuters now walk several kilometers to their places of work and businesses due to the returned logjam and hand full of security personnel, including officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, were barely visible on the road.

According to victims, the traffic robbers returned to the road after many months of absence to rob motorists and passersby of their valuables.

A victim, Mr. Muritala Adigun, a motorist, recounted how the robbers attacked him,  carting away some valuables.

Adigun said: “I was stuck in the traffic around Sanya Bus stop along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway for several hours.

” I ran into it around 4 pm and by 6.30 pm when it was getting dark, three fierce-looking guys appeared in between the trucks and pounced on my car, brandishing dangerous weapons and I was alone.
“They demanded money, phones and other valuables from me.
“Fortunately, I hid my phone when I saw it was getting dark. They only managed to empty my wallet with N5, 000, an identity card and complimentary cards.
” After they were done, they hurriedly moved to the car behind me and repeating the same. There was no police presence or any other security personnel.

“The situation is terrible. The government has abandoned the people in this part of the state. We are at God’s mercy. This is callous and irresponsible on the part of the government, very pathetic.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has said that it was helpless over the gridlock, particularly at the Mile-2 end of the Apapa–Oshodi expressway, adding that the traffic has negatively impacted its revenue generation.
The command’s Comptroller, Festus Okun, said: “The port access road has also greatly impacted negatively on our operations.
”At a time, it took four to five days for cargoes released to move from the port to Tin-Can, before they could join the access road.

“But we later discovered that it was a little bit easy for cargoes to go out at the weekend. So, we had to organize our officers to open the gate 24 hours from Friday to Monday, and we discovered that it worked.”

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