442 Lagos Bus Drivers Take Cocaine —LASG

•A commuter bus, popularly known as Danfo

Kazeem Ugbodaga

At least 442 commuter bus drivers in three motor parks in Lagos State, western Nigeria, have tested positive for hard drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana and others and drive under the influence of these dangerous drugs, the Lagos State Government has revealed.

Reports from the Lagos State Ministry of Health revealed that of the 801 bus drivers tested for hard drugs, 442 of them tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, morphine, opiate, ketamine and others.

This represents 55 percent of the total number of drivers tested and showed an increased intake of hard drugs by drivers while conveying passengers on Lagos routes.

The tests were carried out in Mosafejo, Mushin and Oshodi/Obalende Motor Parks in December 2014.

According to the report made available to P.M.NEWS, the number of drivers that tested positive for using hard drugs while driving in 2014 is far higher than the same number discovered when a similar test was conducted in 2013. In 2013, out of the 434  bus drivers tested for hard drugs, 74 of them were found to be driving under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and the rest.

•A commuter bus, popularly known as Danfo
•A commuter bus, popularly known as Danfo

Also, in 2012, of the 820 drivers screened for hard drug intake, 215 of them tested positive.

Similarly, many of the bus drivers have tested positive for alcoholic intake while behind the wheels across the state.

The test conducted in three motor parks in December 2014 showed that of the 929 drivers screened, 202 of them tested positive for taking alcohol while driving.

In 2013, of the 440 commercial bus drivers tested for alcohol intake, 226 of them tested positive, representing 51 percent, while in 2012, of the 885 drivers tested, 215 of them were under the influence of alcohol while driving.

Of the 930 bus drivers screened for diabetes and hypertension in 2014, at least 220 of them tested positive. In 2013, of the 576 screened for the same ailment, 130 of them were positive, while in 2012, at least, 233 of the 959 screened tested positive for diabetes and hypertension.

According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, the Motor Park Health and Safety Programme was an initiative of the Health Ministry, whose main aim was to reduce the prevalence of road traffic accidents by ensuring the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users.

He said the Motor Park Health and Safety Programme was flagged off  in 2012 following the high number of deaths due to road traffic accidents, saying that to date, 1,985 commuter bus drivers and other transport workers have been screened.

“It is a multi-sectoral effort with the Ministry of Transportation as partner. The focus is on diagnosis and management of hypertension, diabetes and eye screening in addition to substance and alcohol abuse among road transport workers.

“Three motor parks missions were carried out in the last one year at Mosafejo Motor Park between 8 and 9 December, 2014; Mushin Motor Park between 10 and 11 December 2014 and Oshodi/Obalende bus terminus between 15 and 18 December, 2014,” he stated.


  1. what are we supposed to do about this report? Rejoice? how can the government make so damning a discovery and not administer appropriate sanctions on the culprits? This country na wa.

  2. @ Osas, I agree with you. hemp, alcohol, yes but cocaine, not really. Knowing Lagos State Government, they may be looking for an avenue for another transport policy. But why were the results of the tests not published before now after they were conducted in December last year? Could it be what they want to use it for will make people angry with them so they decided to keep it till after the elections?

  3. This is not true. If you say Indian hemp,i will agree not cocaine. I don’t think that drug is easily gotten anywhere compared to hemp.

  4. Blah! Blah!! Blah!!! What sanctions did the government mete on the errant drivers? I can’t read anywhere in this report where it was stated that the driver’s license of the offending drivers was withdrawn or that they have been barred from driving either for a certain period of time or for life! I feel goose pimples crawl over my body to think that the lives of innocent commuters could be entrusted in the hands of such drug addicts.

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