No bus plunged into Lagos Lagoon on Wednesday, NEMA says

In January, a vehicle skidded off the Adekunle Junction of the Third Mainland Bridge and plunged into the lagoon.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said that report of a commercial bus on the Third Mainland Bridge plunging into the lagoon, Wednesday, is false.

Some online reports (not PREMIUM TIMES) had reported that a bus carrying ‘unspecified number of passengers’,’ including a baby, veered off the Oworonsoki-Yaba intersection of the bridge into the lagoon.

The reports also stated that NEMA confirmed the accident.

However, the agency, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, debunked the report.

“We got the alert that there has been an accident today and we deployed all our resources and reported to the scene,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA spokesperson for the South West.

“We couldn’t get any detail of an accident. We even went as far as Obalende. It was a false alert,” Mr. Farinloye added.

In January, a Sports Utility Vehicle skidded off the Adekunle junction of the bridge and plunged into the lagoon.

Emergency rescue services pulled out the driver alive and rushed him to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

Mr. Farinloye appealed to the public to desist from sending false alerts to emergency agencies.

“So if we had had a real emergency, we’d have abandoned it and gone for this one, and only to discover that it was a false alert,” said Mr. Farinloye.


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