Gridlock as Lagos residents protest bad road

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Residents of adjoining communities along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, on Wednesday, protested to demand an immediate repair of some sections of the road.

Led by human rights activists, under the auspices of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, the protesters lamented the deplorable state of the road and its neglect by the government.

They also complained that the collapsed road had caused a series of accidents, leading to injuries and loss of lives.

Commuters and motorists were, however, stranded as the protesters barricaded the Meiran end of the road, causing gridlock along the axis.

The President of the Centre for Human and Socio-Economic Rights, Alex Omotehinse, said the casualties recorded on the road had increased in the past few weeks.

While accusing the security operatives of taking advantage of the bad roads to exploit motorists who ply one-way, Omotehinse called on the state government to grade it in the meantime before the commencement of a proper repair.

“The government should consider road users, for now, to avoid this bad road. They should be allowed to use the one-way now and give us traffic officers that can control the road users so that there will be no room for abuse,” he added.

Some victims of road accidents in the community also joined the protest as they expressed their support for the development.

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