At least 2,000 commuter bus drivers and traders who have been constituting aÂ nuisance at Obalende under bridge, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria have beenÂ dislodged by the Lagos State Taskforce on the Environment and other Special OffencesÂ Unit.
The traffic gridlock normally experienced at Obalende roundabout as a result of theÂ lawless activities of commuter bus drivers has gone as no vehicle is allowed to parkÂ under the bridge or stop to pick passengers.
A new terminal has been built by the state government where commuter bus driversÂ could now pick and drop passengers. The enforcement was to ensure that the commuterÂ bus drivers and others comply with governmentâ€™s directive to use the new terminal.
The taskforce officials led by its Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, stormed Obalende aroundÂ 3a.m. today to begin the sanitization of Obalende. Those sleeping under the bridgesÂ were driven away while commercial vehicles parked there were also evacuated by theÂ taskforce.
Several illegal structures were demolished by the taskforce just like it did inÂ Oshodi when thousands were displaced two years ago. During the raid, a stolen HondaÂ Concerto car with registration number Ondo AE 943 LEL, which was abandoned under theÂ bridge for over a month was recovered by the taskforce.
The owner of the stolen car was identified as Mr. Sola Babatunde, a staff ofÂ Intercontinental Bank Plc.
According to Babatunde, the recovery of his car was divine, saying that the vehicleÂ was snatched from him by a three-man gang along Murtala Mohammed Airport Road atÂ gunpoint a month ago.
â€œI was just passing this morning and saw my car abandoned beside the road, under theÂ bridge. I could not believe it. If this area was not cleared, I wouldnâ€™t have foundÂ this car. I have since notified the leader of the task force team about the car,â€ heÂ said
According to him, he had earlier reported the case to policemen at the SogunleÂ Police Station when the vehicle was stolen on 11 November, 2010 but that all effortsÂ by the police to find the car did not yield result.
â€œUntil today when I saw that the government had cleared Obalende and decided to passÂ through the area. For four years, I donâ€™t pass through Obalende because it is tooÂ rough but as fate will have it, I pass through the area today and found my stolenÂ car,â€ he stated.