BREAKING: Lagos withdraws BRT after hoodlums attacked #EndSARS protesters

By Editor on 15/10/2020

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Hours after some hoodlums attacked #EndSARS protesters Lagos Bus Services Limited, operators of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has suspended operations after it was accused of donating one of its buses for the operation, which took place at Alausa, the state's seat of power.

Alongside with the Lagos State government, which earlier denied sponsoring the attack, the company, also dismissed the allegation as unfounded, adding that at no time was any of its buses even used for conveying thugs to to disrupt #EndSARS protests as seen in a viral video.

Idowu Oguntona, the Managing Director, of the company, who made the declaration in a statement, explained the true picture was that some hoodlums, who were riding inside one of the yellow bus near the BRT, invaded an Oshodi-bound bus belonging to the company, which caused fear-stricken passengers to flee by jumping outside the bus from all directions.

Afolabi Olawale, his spokesman, said in a statement: “While giving a background to the video, the Managing Director of LBSL, Mr. Idowu Oguntona, stated that bus 240171 in the video was heading towards Oshodi from Berger around 8am when some armed individuals disembarked from a particular yellow vehicle in front of the bus at the Secretariat Bus Stop, on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway and headed towards the direction of the bus.

“One of our buses during the normal cause of operations ran into approaching armed people this morning. When the people were sighted armed and heading towards our bus, commuters in the bus scampered for safety due to the imminent danger. One of the passengers even tried to escape through the rear window of the bus.

“The armed group, whose identity remains unknown, later went their way without attacking the bus. In fact, all the passengers were eventually commuted safely to their destination at Oshodi.”

Oguntona added that it was quite disheartening that the incident was linked to the activities of some hoodlums.

The MD of the bus company said that in the interim, the company “is forced to suspend temporarily all bus operations for the safety of passengers and until it is safe to return to service. He pleaded for understanding from all esteemed passengers and reiterated the rights of people to peaceful protests and condemned any attack on people participating.”

 

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on October, 15 2020

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