By Kingsley Adegboye
Less than one year after its controversial commissioning in the Sango-Otta, the activities of hoodlums has turned overhead bridge into a shadow of itself. Vanguard Homes & Property learnt that hoodlums and social miscreants have turned the bridge into a haven of illegal activities ranging from illicit sex trade, hemp depot and hideout for dreaded criminals.
Our investigations revealed that shortly after the commissioning, these anti-social elements swooped on the bridge to perpetrate their nefarious activities. The investigation shows that underneath the bridge has become “a no go area” for innocent citizens who have the misfortune of passing by the place at night.
Some residents of the area and passers-by gave gory accounts of what happens under the bridge. According to Lamidi Akinsanya, under the bridge becomes a no go area for decent people as soon as night falls. He added that in the last six months, underneath the bridge has become a notorious spot. According to him, some ladies have been rape by men of the underworld who have turned the place into a no go area.
Expressing his disappointment while reacting to the development, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos Zone, Engr. Ejike Mgbemena, said it is unfortunate that the bridge could within a short spell of time be turned into “a den of robbers.”
Noting that before the completion of the bridge, many residents and motorists alike who had cause to ply the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway were pointing accusing fingers at the Federal Government, especially the Ministry of Woks, for not paying attention to the area, the controller regretted tat as soon as the bridge was completed and commissioned, instead of being guarded jealously by the indigenes of that area, they allowed it to be taken over by hoodlums. Mgbemena said the bridge which gulped a lot of tax payers’ money was now being subjected to a lot of abuse. He was quick to add that unless these abuses were checked, the bridge might suffer serious structural defect.
He noted that apart from the unwholesome activities that were going on underneath the bridge, the bridge itself had been turned into a refuse dump, lamenting that the bridge which was commissioned about a year ago could be subjected to such an abuse.
He solicited the assistance of the Ogun State Government to monitor the activities of the hoodlums who he tagged “enemies if development and progress.” The bridge, he noted, is a very vital one, considering the fact that it links Lagos State and Ogun State and has helped to improve commerce between the two states.