False alarm: Panic in Lagos over alleged disaster on 3rd Mainland bridge
by Akan Ido
There was panic in many parts of Lagos today as rumours spread that a two vehicles, a commercial bus and a private car plunged into the lagoon after colliding with each other.
People who had relatives expected to take that route made distress calls in an attempt to warn them of the supposed accident.
Recent reports, however, indicate that the said accident was false as no vehicle plunged into the lagoon.
According to the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, “The police on the Third Mainland Bridge told us that a yellow commercial bus offloaded its passengers and in its effort of trying to take off hit a private car with dent on the car.
“The two parties have since left to their respective destinations after settling (by the police) the matter for them.”
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The news filtered into the air around 8am, making some commuters and motorists to abandon the Third Mainland bridge for fear of the unknown, while others were trapped on the bridge as the incident was said to have resulted into stampede as many scampered for safety.
Following this development, people made distressed calls to their relatives, media organisations, law enforcement agencies and emergency organisations to confirm the authenticity of the news.
In response to the panic calls, emergency agencies like National Emergency Management Authority NEMA, state and federal fire services, among others moved to the scene only to discover that the story was untrue as a team of policemen who were patrolling the bridge told them nothing of such happened.
It was discovered that an argument had earlier ensued between the driver of a commercial bus and that of a private car when the former left a dent on the latter’s car. It was also learnt that both had parted ways amicably following the timely intervention of Policemen on patrol.
Reacting to the development, NEMA South West Information Officer, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye urged people to go about their businesses and refrain from rumour.