- There was chaos on Oshodi-Apapa expressway as security agents tried to enforce the 72-hour deadline given by President Buhari
- The security operatives also vowed that they would see to the full execution of the presidential order
- Tanker drivers, however, said that heavy traffic has not made it easy for them to get their vehicles out on time
There was chaos on Oshodi-Apapa expressway on Sunday, May 26, as security agents tried to enforce the 72-hour deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari to tanker drivers to leave the road.
According to Vanguard, soldiers and other security operatives in charge of carrying out the ultimatum said that they will ensure the full execution of the presidential order.
One of the security operatives who spoke with Vanguard said their men have been working tirelessly, adding that their work will begin fully on Monday, May 27.
The officer said: “As you can see our men are working tirelessly to ensure compliance. We are not here for jokes, the presidential order is sacrosanct and we already gave them till midnight Monday morning, then we begin our work fully.
“Any of them that fails to enter Wharf by midnight would be turned back to their parks and wherever they come from.”
Many truck drivers have also been struggling to get their vehicles out of the vicinity with little or no success as there is heavy traffic.
A driver, identified as Nwankwo said that he has been on the same spot for the past 7 days without been able to move. He also said that the officers controlling the traffic have also been making things very difficult for them, saying they collect tips from drivers before allowing them to pass.
“I have been here for the past seven days at the middle lane, and my vehicle has not moved an inch. I observe that security officers controlling the traffic at the Mile 2 and Berger axis are not making things easy. They allow certain trucks, who tip them to have an easy passage, leaving others on the middle lane."
Another driver, named Usman, said that the clearing of the road will be bad business for exporters who would have to spend more in terms of money and time.
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“This is bad business for the exporter, who has expended much on both time and money. I am carrying goods meant for export at Apapa port. If I couldn’t meet the deadline, I will make a u-turn and return to Ibafo Truck Park at Ogun State and wait till I get another access," he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari ordered the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks. This was made known on Wednesday, May 22, in series of tweets by the presidency.
The directive mandated the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.
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