Apongbon Fire Outbreak: Lagos Announces Closure of Eko Bridge
- All motorists have been urged to ply alternative routes at convenient access points in Ijora/Apapa area, the Leventis/UBA roundabout in Marina
- Federal government says it will join forces with the Lagos state government to run an integrity test on the affected areas
- Traders have also been issued a one-week ultimatum to vacate the areas pending when all defects has been rectified.
The Lagos state government has announced the closure of the popular Eko Bridge following the fire incident in Apongbon area of the state, The Cable report.
According to a statement issued by the Lagos state government, it says the bridge will be closed indefinitely.
The statement says:
“TRAVEL ALERT: Eko Bridge has been shut indefinitely by the Lagos State Government due to a fire outbreak at Apongbon in the early hours of today.
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It will be recalled that Legit.ng on Wednesday, March 23 reported the fire outbreak where some nearby vehicles were affected with no life lost.
Several reports also confirmed that the cause of the fire was unknown as it also affected various sections of the bridge.
FG to conduct integrity test on affected areas
In a follow up to the incident, the federal ministry of works announced that it will run integrity on affected areas.
It says the exercise will be in collaboration with the Lagos state government to determine the cause of the incident and proffer possible solution to the affected areas.
Similar, the federal government issued an ultimatum to traders around the axis of the incident to evacuate the area on or before Thursday, March 31.
Motorists and pedestrians have been urged to use alternative routes like Leventis/UBA roundabout inward Marina, Ijora/Apapa axis, Ebute Ero inward Marina and Third Mainland Bridge.
Fire guts Nigerian law school campus in Lagos
In another related event, several reports confirmed a fire outbreak at the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School.
According to sources, the fire outbreak caused serious panic as there was a stampede while students were trying to scamper for safety.
A source said:
“There was a fire outbreak yesterday night, but it was immediately contained. The fire was due to an electrical fault."
Abuja gutted by fire, many trapped
Similarly, their was pandemonium at the general hospital in Asokoro, Abuja when some buildings inside the premises was gutted by fire.
However, sources said the fire did not affect the main hospital wards and that all patients were safe from the fire outbreak.
The source fears that many may be trapped in the raging inferno, even as the fire appears to have extended to the main building of the hospital.