At 12:05 midnight, a huge crowd still littered the Otedola Gate after the bridge. Several of them were shouting “Mowe”, “Ibafo”, “Ibafo, Ibafo”. Only one woman wearing a Brown colour chiffon gown was calling “Ibadan, Ibadan!”.
A lone voice drowned in the cacophony of voices shouting “Mowe!”, “Ibafo”, “Ibafo!”, “Mowe”. Ironically, the vehicles they were calling were tightly held up in traffic gridlock.
Saturday morning between Alausa and Berger was characteristically the drivers’ market as fare jumped from N200 to N600, for Mowe Ibafo, while passengers pleaded N350, N400.
The Google map offered no respite as it showed a long line of unbroken red line, stretching from the 3rd Mainland Bridge to Berger.
A Maritime First correspondent who left Jibowu at 7:19pm Friday night managed to get to Palmgroove at 8:00pm, Anthony at 9:35pm, Ojota at 10:20pm and Otedola Gate by the Expressway at 12:05am Saturday morning.
The hullabaloo was all because a tanker carrying 33,000 litres of diesel fell and spilled it content away some 40m after the Otedola gate outward Lagos, on the Lagos Ibadan expressway, precipitating the traffic jam around Lagos metropolis.
The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu while speaking on Friday in Lagos, noted that the immediate cause of the accident was due to mechanical error, particularly, brake failure, even though no casualties and no damage of vehicles was recorded.
“The truck fell off at about few minutes to 5 p.m while its content was still spilling due to the impact of the accident.
“Physical assessment is being conducted in order to avert the occurrence and fire incident.
“All emergency responders have been activated,” Oke-Osanyintolu said, highlighting that the trans loading of content was on going to prevent the truck from exploding.
Oke-Osanyintolu also assured that the tanker truck would soon be removed from the road to ensure free flow of traffic.
Ihowever, hours after the tanker was removed, road were still glued to the road, striving till the early morning of Saturday, on how to maneuver their ways home!