Earlier today, Residents of the Ikorodu community in Lagos state staged a protest following the decision of the state government to ban the LAGBUS (Red Buses) from plying their route which already has the BRT (Blue Buses) plying it.
Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, at a press conference on Friday, said the decision was taken ahead of plans to introduce Intelligent Traffic System along the BRT corridor in the state.
Elegushi said consequently, all LAGBUS would no longer be allowed to load or drop passengers along the BRT corridor, pointing out that it was part of steps taken to relocate all other franchises from the use of the corridor.
“Henceforth, the LAGBUS buses can only provide end to end bus services using the expressway and service lanes along the Ikorodu Road stretch.
The restriction does not extend to charter staff buses run by LAGBUS; does not preclude access to depot along Ikorodu road and express services are allowed with only few designated stops.
All routes from Ikorodu hinterland will now terminate at TOS Benson Bus Stop after which there will be no loading of passengers.
However, the operations of LAGBUS buses have been moved to other 14 routes identified by the Lagos State Metropolitan Transport Master Plan.”
This decision however left many of the commuters stranded this morning.
Youths in the area staged a violent protest whilst calling on the government to rescind its decision.
5 people had been arrested at the time of filing this report.
Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) arrived the community to forestall breakdown of law and order.
More photos from the protest below.
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