The Lagos State Secretariat of the All Peoples Congress, APC, located on Acme road in Agidingbi, Ikeja and its environs seem quiet and peaceful. But that is a facade as the silence there is that of the graveyard and pregnant with uncertainty.
The Lagos State Police Command has for the past two weeks shut that road linking Agidingbi and Wempco Road in Lagos, an act which does not only prevent motorists and commuters access to it but has also been causing a huge gridlock around the Wempco Road and First Gate Bus Stop axis.
Reason: to prevent loss of lives and property as there are fears that aggrieved supporters of politicians who lost out in the just concluded shambolic local council elections are planning to cause violence and set the secretariat ablaze.
As a result of the barricades on opposite side of the road, commuters are forced to trek a long distance before boarding another vehicle while motorists are left with no choice but make use of Wempco Road to link Agidingbi .This has indeed caused them untold hardship.
However, traders, motorists and commuters who do business on that road are groaning in pains, as they lament the untold hardship which the closure of that road has caused- and is still causing – them.
A motorist who spoke with TheNEWS on condition of anonymity said the closure of that road has caused him and others severe pains as they spend longer time on the road as a result of the gridlock and he has to take another route to access Agidingbi on a daily basis.
The driver of a tricycle popularly known as Keke Napep couldn’t supress his anger and frustrations as he lamented what he regarded as the over-zealousness of officers attached to the Lagos State Police Command.
“They have turned this place into another border,” he lamented. Look at the time we are wasting here looking for passengers. The state government never ordered them to block this road,” he added. “Before this road was blocked, it used to be one of the freest in Lagos but now it is no longer so.”