Commuters in many parts of Lagos were on Thursday stranded at bus stops as the city’s iconic mass transport buses – the Bus Rapid Transit – were off the roads. The withdrawal of the bus service has persisted since the problem started on Tuesday.
Newsbreak.ng while monitoring the situation at different parts of the metropolis saw commuters trekking some distances to get to their destinations, as the privately-owned yellow buses did little no help the situation.
Moreover, the yellow buses, better known as “danfo”, took advantage of the situation to charge outrageous fares, in some cases double of what they normally charge.
At some locations visited by our reporters, such as Ikorodu, Cement, Anthony, Obanikoro, Onipanu, Surulere and Tafawa Balewa Square, the bus shelters brimmed with stranded commuters.
Investigation revealed that the operators of the BRT buses – Primero Transport Services Limited – has an internal problem bordering on embezzlement.
A source told this medium that funds allocated for the purchase of diesel was embezzled.
However, Mosun Agbaje, the Public Relations Officer of Primero Transport Services denied the allegation.
“It was just Tuesday that we had an internal issue, but it has been resolved”, she said.
She also cited the problem was partly due to the BRT bus which knocked down a schoolboy at Ikorodu area of the state.
Fola Ademosu and Olufemi Ashaolu
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