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Truck drivers defy military, govt’s relocation order

Two days after the 48-hour ultimatum issued to truck drivers to vacate the bridges/flyovers across Lagos metropolis expired, the drivers are yet to comply with the directives, New Telegraph has learnt; as at yesterday, the trailer drivers still stationed their trucks on one side of the bridges, blaming gridlock occasioned by the on-going Apapa–Wharf road construction for their defiance.

When New Telegraph took a tour of the road, the truck drivers still stationed their vehicles on the bridges, starting from Stadium, Alaka, Iponri flyovers on Funsho William road in the metropolis to Ijora bridges down to Apapa.

One of the truck drivers, Mr. S. Abu, told New Telegraph that they (drivers) have no other place to park for now until their companies create a place for them.

Abu said that the traffic on Apapa-Wharf road was also compounded by the on-going construction work, urging the contractors in charge, A.G. Dangote, to expedite action on the project New Telegraph learnt that combined team of military and mobile police was on ground on Saturday to carry out the order. Some of the truck drivers, on sighting the officers, took to their heels, only for them to resurface later.

New Telegraph, March 12, 2018


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