Policemen flee as robbers attack road users on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway’s long bridge


A convoy of siren-blaring policemen on Tuesday morning fled as armed robbers attacked motorists and commercial motorcyclists on the inward Lagos side of the long bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Witnesses said the convoy was trying to make its way through the gridlock caused by the ongoing reconstruction of the road by Julius Berger when the robbers suddenly blocked the bridge around 5am and started shooting.

The robbers, believed to be miscreants from shanties beside the bridge, started smashing glasses and collecting bags, phones and other personal effects from road users.

The convoy immediately reversed and manouvered out of the gridlock.

The robbers reportedly threw an elderly woman off the bridge and shot motorists.

They operated unchallenged by security agents, despite the presence of numerous police stations, a barracks of the Department for State Services and military units on the road.

This is not the first time that hoodlums have struck on West Africa’s busiest highway and got away unchallenged.

Some years ago, hoodlums killed a retired major-general as he was waiting for help when his car broke down on the bridge.

Numerous robberies have been recorded on the road over the years.

The development forced many road users to delay their trips till daybreak.

Regular users of the road have been complaining about the slow pace of work on the road, which daily consumes valuable man-hours.

There was no word from the police.