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TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK AT BERGER END OF LAGOS-IBADAN HIGHWAY

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Biodun Akande

There was heavy traffic build-up this afternoon at the Berger, Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan highway following the stop and search exercise being conducted by policemen, soldiers and plainclothes officers on vehicles approaching Lagos from Ibadan at the popular Berger bus stop.

The gridlock stretched almost from Mowe area passing through the long bridge till where the check point was mounted.

The traffic must have fed the rumour by rumour peddlers that Boko Haram men were on rampage on the ever busy road.

But Western Post correspondent who just passed the highway has given a lie to that, saying there is nothing like Boko Haram attack.

The rumour was that Boko Haram sect members wielding AK47 riffles had taken over the road and engaging policemen in a ferocious shoot-out.

However, refuted the story, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko said some hoodlums had attempted to highjack trucks loaded with wheat, leading to a fracas, which necessitated police intervention.

Addressing journalists in his office at the police headquarters Ikeja, Manko said: “There’s nothing true about the story. There’s no Boko Haram in Lagos. What happened today was that trucks loaded with bags of wheat were stopped along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway by hoodlums who wanted to highjack the bags of wheat. The hoodlums had an encounter with police. That’s what people saw and panicked. Lagosians should go about their lawful activities.”

He added that while the news was not genuine, the command had, however, drafted teams of police to the axis.

The gridlock, caused by the checkpoint, which narrowed the expressway from three to just two lanes, backed up traffic almost to Mowe making a journey from the area, which normally takes about 30 minutes to take almost two hours.

Incidentally, this is the same harrowing situation being faced by Abuja residents following the setting up of a checkpoint in the wake of the Nyanya bomb blast last Monday, which killed over 70 people.