June 15, 2024

Sallah: Ram sellers block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, RRS steps in (photos)

Sallah: Ram sellers block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, RRS steps in (photos)

By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Lagos

Barely 24 hours to Eid-el Kabir Sallah celebration, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been on total lockdown since the early hours of today, Saturday, due to the activities of ram sellers at Kara Bridge.

As a result, motorists and other road users were stranded in the traffic gridlock.

Muslims, who are in a last minute rush, stormed Kara Bridge cattle market to buy rams at cheaper rates, as against those being sold at higher prices within the city.

Also, travellers out of Lagos were buying rams to take their various destinations.

These activities led to the shut down of vehicular movement on the expressway.


This came as men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, complemented by men of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, took over the traffic situation to clear the gridlock.

The traffic build-up, according to a motorist, started at about 11 a.m. and lasted till evening.

The situation paved the way for miscreants and traffic armed robbers to unleash their nefarious activities on stranded motorists.

The traffic build up on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway stretched as far back as Third Mainland Bridge.

According to a motorist, who simply identified himself as Kassim Ismail, “We don’t know what’s going on this Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“I have been in the gridlock, on a standstill for three hours.

“From the Third Mainland Bridge, I’m yet to get to Alapere since 12 noon. This is 4 p.m.”

Meanwhile, a source from RRS who preferred anonymity, told Vanguard that three operational tow vehicles have been deployed to remove all vehicles parked along the Kara Bridge, whose owners went on ram buying spree.

Towing vehicles

“Our men have started towing all the vehicles park indiscriminately on the Kara Bridge, obstructing feee flow of movement.

“We assure you that in the next 30 minutes the road will be cleared for easy movement for motorists,” the source assured.

Below are more images from the scene:

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