Truck drivers on bridges around Apapa end of Lagos Mainland were yesterday, Monday, March 12, 2018, forced to make U-turn after the Nigerian Navy commenced enforcement of the quit order.
The development led to a mild drama along the axis with some of the drivers refusing to adhere to the directive, InsideMainland learnt.
Recall that last Wednesday, the military and state government had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to truck drivers to vacate all bridges in the state, citing security and safety concerns.
It was gathered that some of the truck drivers plying the route at the time adhered to the directive, relocating to other roads and inner streets. Meanwhile, others dismissed the directive, claiming they had nowhere to go.
InsideMainland learnt that some of those who obeyed the directive were tanker and articulated truck drivers along Wharf Road, Marine Beach and Mile Two Bridge.
Meanwhile, trucks earlier parked on the Mile Two Bridge had been evacuated, while those at Orile along the Badagry Expressway were also moved in batches.
Commenting on the development, the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Abbah, insists that the navy would not allow any truck to stay on the bridges.
“We are doing the enforcement in batches. If we cover all the bridges at once, there will be standstill in Lagos and we do not want that to happen. My men worked at Berger and Otto Wharf axis today (Monday). All the trucks on the bridges up to Boundary have been moved. Those at Orile are being moved in batches of 10 or 20,” he said.
He added that: “Also, we have ensured that there is no static truck on the bridge leading into Apapa from Western Avenue. We would go after those ones still on Eko Bridge.
“The directive remains that we do not want trucks on Lagos bridges and we would not stop until they comply. I am meeting with the leadership of NUPENG and those of trailer drivers again on Tuesday.”