Sallah: Commuters stranded on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway



Scores of commuters were stranded on Sunday at various bus-stops on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as few commercial buses plied the busy highway.

Traffic was light as many operators were believed to have stayed at home or travelled to their hometowns for the Sallah.

The transport situation, which began on Saturday, snowballed into the Sallah festivities on Sunday.

The Sallah coincided with the annual August Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which began on Monday August 5, 2019.

Many churchgoers could not find transport even as commercial buses were packed full.

Transport fares rose astronomically since Monday as commercial bus operators cashed in on the large numbers of people heading towards the Redemption Camp.

It got worse on Saturday as the daily traffic buildup between Magboro and Ibafo as well as between Pakuro and Mowe outwards Lagos extended backwards to the Kong bridge and Ascon Trailer Park bus stop respectively.

The number of people travelling out of Lagos for the long holiday also increased on Saturday, leading to a corresponding hike in fares.

Transport operators charged N200 from Ibafo to Mowe instead of N50.

From the bus stops at old Ojota tollgate, Lagos State Secretariat at Alausa as well as Berger, fares inwards Ogun State rose from N200 to as much as N800.

Fares inwards Lagos were also hiked by as much as 100 per cent.




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