The Nigeria Police Friday said it would man the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway round the clock to ensure that those travelling for the festive period are safe.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone II, Kayode Aderanti stated this during a tour of the route and inspection of identified black spots.
He assured that the construction companies carrying out rehabilitation works on the road would remove all road blocks and diversions for easy movement.
According to Aderanti, the complaints from users of the road was of concern to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, who directed that the police in the zone should collaborate with other agencies to bring succor to the masses.
He said: “We embarked on this mission at the behest of IGP who’s concerned about gridlock and brigandage along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He directed us to undertake joint interagency inspection to see the way out and put in a good template to ensure millions of people travelling out of Lagos are safe. We cannot pretend things are okay.
“We are interested in security and free flow of traffic. We are ready to provide security 24 hours daily if the construction workers want to extend their working hours.
“In order to ensure that our people are safe and happy, we would place patrol vehicles along the expressway to wade off miscreants and criminals. There would be heavy police presence both uniformed and undercover personnel because we understand that crime has no boundary.”
Continuing, Aderanti who visited Julius Berger and RCC companies to ascertain when they would complete their work, expressed pleasure that the long bridge and Shagamu Interchange would be opened in a few weeks’ time.
He said: “Julius Berger has promised that they would complete their work on the long bridge and the Shagamu Interchange in a few weeks’ time. That means people would be able to travel with ease as traffic congestion caused by certain diversions would reduce.
“As for the police, we would collaborate with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and other relevant agencies in Lagos and Ogun for free flow of traffic. We would provide the agencies the needed security for them to do their jobs.
“We are also going to man all the identified black spots. Collaborate with the construction companies to see how they can block most of the illegal entry and exit points around Warewa.”
Of the 184 illegal entries and exits identified in October at Warewa, it was gathered that 105 has so far been blocked.
At the tour were Ogun State Police Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu, representative of the Federal Ministry of Works Olukayode Popoola and FRSC representative MO Olapade, among others.
In his remark, Popoola decried the encroachment on right of way, noting the need for the relocation of Mowe Market.
He also appealed to motorists to exercise patience, so as to minimise the congestion.