Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway Residents Cry Out As Oke- Odo Pedestrian Bridge Turns Love Nest

In spite of the pedestrian
bridge at the Ile-Epo market
axis on the Lagos/Abeokuta
Expressway, residents of Oke-
Odo have continued to risk
their lives by dashing across the
The development has led to
many deaths as fast moving
vehicles crush people who
failed to adhere to warnings
against crossing the expressway.
Some of the residents who
spoke to the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in
Lagos said the facility had been
converted into a meeting spot
for lovers who use the bridge as
a rendezvous of sorts.
They also said that hoodlums in
the area have also taken
advantage of the location of
the bridge to perpetrate acts of
illegality on pedestrians using
the bridge.
Some of them complained
about their helth conditions,
including age and rheumatic
pains which prevented them
from being able to climb the
The development, they said
had made some residents,
especially those with children to
dash across the road, instead of
using the bridge that was
meant for their safety and well
NAN reports that complaints
from the residents to the
authorities have prompted the
police to increase its
surveillance at day and night to
ensure law and order in the
But in spite of the restoration
of order by law enforcement
agents, some pedestrians still
preferred to dash across the
road, instead of using the
A trader, Mrs Olabisi Adeogun,
told NAN that the reason why
she was not using the bridge
was because of her physical
“I don’t have the strength to
climb this bridge, I prefer to
walk across the road which is
easier for me,’’ she said.
On his part, Mr Daniel Udoye, a
banker, told NAN that he
preferred to cross the road at
night for safety reasons.
He, however, urged the
government to light up the
pedestrian bridge at night to
assure would be users of their
safety when they pass through
bridge at night.
“By so doing we can
comfortably use the bridge
without any fear,’’ he added.
Mrs Adebimpe Adeoye, a
business woman, said that she
avoided the bridge because of
the acts of immorality that was
been perpetrated by the
itinerant lovers on the bridge.
“When I leave my shop every
day, I pass through the bridge
with my children.
“I do not want my children to
learn bad things from what
they see these young girls and
boys do on the bridge.
“And it also a big risk for me to
take my children across the
express because we have fast
moving vehicles there.
“The government has given us
the bridge to save our lives and
not to destroy it, so they need
to intensify their surveillance in
this area especially on the
bridge,’’ she said.
NAN reports that officials of
Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI)
said they had arrested over
7,000 persons for crossing the
road instead of using the
pedestrian bridge.
KAI’s Public Relations Officer,
Mr Tunde Olusesi, also told
NAN that up to 30 defaulters
are arrested on a daily basis.
“Pedestrian bridges are built to
save lives, people should try
and protect themselves by
using the pedestrian bridge,’’ he
According to him, KAI officials
will continue to arrest erring
members of the public until
they imbibe the act of using the
pedestrian that was constructed
for their safety