Operations of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) were paralysed on Friday by #EndSARS protesters in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, leaving many commuters stranded.
The demonstrators had converged at Ikorodu roundabout around 8.00 am, barricading the area, causing heavy traffic gridlock, which affected the BRT service, with its terminus located in the area.
The yellow buses, popularly known as danfo, and commercial motorcycles overtook the BRT corridor lane, where they operated.
Our correspondent who visited the area noticed that the busy BRT terminus at the garage was unusually deserted, but found some commuters on the queue.
The commuters, most of who were agitated and unwilling to speak, bemoaned the situation.
Onu Joseph, a commuter, said he had been stranded in Ikorodu for two hours.
“I managed to come from Ojota to do something in Ikorodu today. But for about two hours now, I’ve been here, going that a bus will just come. The normal commercial bus has been paralysed at this time because of the protest. I don’t know how I will get back to Ojota today, ” he lamented.
Another stranded commuter, who simply identified herself as Abimbola, while bemoaning the situation, said she missed an appointment due to the gridlock caused by the #EndSARS protesters, who had blocked Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday.
“I should have known that today is not the best of any day to come to Ikorodu. I’m a business person and that is what brought me to Ikorodu today. Going back now, heard the protesters have blocked Ogolonto and traffic is not moving, ” she said.
“I was in that hellish traffic cause by the protesters on Monday around that Berger area. I missed an appointment because of it. With this, I don’t know how long we have to stay here. I have to go back to Magodo today.
Mutu Yekeen, Head, Corporate Communication, Primero Transport Services, operators of the BRT, told Newsbreak that the company’s services have been rendered epileptic by #EndSARS protesters since Monday.
“Yes, our operations have been like this since Monday in Ikorodu. We have to understand that It’s a national issue,” he said.