Lagos commuters share ordeal as BRT buses off the road

No BRT bus at Barracks Bus stop in Lagos

No BRT bus at Barracks Bus stop in Lagos

By Aisha Cole/Lagos

Many Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) commuters were stranded at various bus stations in Lagos on Tuesday due to the suspension of operation in sympathy over the death of Oluwabamise Ayanwole.

Many students of public schools who usually enjoy free BRT bus rides were also stranded at various BRT stations.

A passenger, Mr Innocent Kanu, said he waited for BRT at Iyana-Ipaja for three hours. He had to board another commercial bus at an exorbitant price.

He said that a daily round trip which usually costs N1, 200 from Iyana Ipaja to Lagos, cost him N3200 due to the absence of BRT buses.

“I entered N1, 000 from Iyan-Ipaja to Oshodi and I took another bus to Ojuelegba for N300 and enter the last bus going to CMS for N300 at Ojuelegba.

Another passenger Mrs Lara Badmus, a former Banker now selling jewellery at Dosumu in Lagos, said she spent N1,500 from Igbogbo in Ikorodu to Dosumu market in Lagos.

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A staff of an insurance company in Costain, Mr Benjamin Ajayi, said getting to work was so hectic and expensive compared to other days because once BRT shun operations other transporters extort passengers.

Ajayi sympathised with the families of the deceased and prayed for the Lagos State Government to get justice for the dead victim as soon as possible.

A phone repairer at Computer Village in Ikeja, Mr Chidi Tobechukwu, said he spent N700 from Iyan-Ipaja to Ikeja as a result of absence of BRT operations in Lagos.

The Public Affairs Officer of Premero, Mr Mutiu Yekeen, told NAN that the directive to stop operations came from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Yekeen said that the protest to mourn the death of the missing lady who was later found dead led to the governor’s directive for all BRT buses to stay off the road.

Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwole, 22, was reported missing last week after boarding a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit vehicle.

Her corpse was found on Monday with some body parts missing.

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