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#EndSARS: Lagos launches security force to protect BRT, transport infrastructure

“The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority reasoned that there was the need for a higher measure of security…, especially in the light of last year’s attack.”

• October 12, 2021

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a security team to monitor and protect Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other transport infrastructure in Lagos ahead of October 20 #EndSARS protest anniversary.

The spokesman for Lagos Metropolis Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Kolawole Ojelabi, announced in a statement on Monday.

“With more transport infrastructure being constructed, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority reasoned that there was the need for a higher measure of security and vigilance, especially in the light of last year’s attack on Lagos state government and LAMATA facilities perpetrated by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest,” added the government.

It explained that the newly completed Oyingbo Bus Terminal was vandalised during the attack, and 57 new BRT buses were set ablaze.

“On the same day, Berger Bus Terminal and 23 new buses parked were also set ablaze,” the Lagos government added.

Mr Ojelabi explained that the approval of the dedicated security team followed incessant damage to transport infrastructure and violation of the BRT lanes, which more often impeded the operation of the BRT system.

“The approval granted by the Lagos State Governor that the dedicated team, headed by a Superintendent of Police, would be composed of 70 officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force charged with the protection of existing LAMATA facilities and others currently under construction,” the explained.

Mr Ojelabi further stated that the dedicated security team would ensure the lifespan of transport infrastructure would be guaranteed and not be truncated by needless and unforeseen attacks, as well as make passengers feel secure at LAMATA facilities while using regulated public transport.


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