Oct 24, 2012

Okada riders damaged 42 buses – LAGBUS, LAMATA


The management of LAGBUS Assets Management Ltd on Tuesday said that 37 of its buses were damaged during the protest by commercial motorcycle riders in Lagos on Monday.

The company is one of the operators of buses using the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit lanes in the metropolis.

Mr. Babatunde Disu, Managing Director of LAGBUS, told the News Agency of Nigeriathat in spite of the damage, no passenger was injured.

Disu said that the company was still taking stock.

Mr. Kolawole Ojelabi , the External Relations Specialist of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, another operator on the BRT lane, said five buses owned by the authority were damaged.

Ojelabi said the quick intervention of policemen prevented further damage.

He said, “Although commuters were stranded at our bus stations because ticketers were not on the ground, we commenced operation immediately normalcy returned.

Meanwhile, those who spoke with NAN condemned the action of the motorcyclists..

Mr. Oladele Banjo, a civil servant, who resides at Sango and works in Ikoyi, said he had to trek from Ikoyi to CMS because of the crisis.

Another civil servant, Mrs. Ibukun Adegbesan, said, “It is unlawful for certain people to hold the state to ransom for selfish reason.”

“The law is operational and commercial motorcyclists have to abide by it; after all some states have enforced the law and yet heads did not roll.

A banker, Mr Ralph Edet, said that the vandalism was a foolish way of protesting because the buses are for the masses.

“Nigerians should learn not to destroy government property as a way of showing their grievances because it causes a setback to the economy,’’ Edet said

NAN reported that due to the protest, most commuters were stranded while others had to trek to their destinations.