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ALERT: Lagos shuts Eko Bridge indefinitely over Apongbon fire outbreak

ALERT: Lagos shuts Eko Bridge indefinitely over Apongbon fire outbreak
March 24
00:26 2022

The Lagos government has ordered the closure of the Eko Bridge following a fire outbreak in Apongbon area of the state.

Earlier on Wednesday, a fire broke out at the Apongbon market, and it took hours to bring the situation under control.

The fire also affected a section of the bridge.

As a result of the development, the federal ministry of works had said integrity tests would be conducted by a team of engineers from the federal government and Lagos state.

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The federal government has also given traders and squatters under bridges in Lagos till March 31 to vacate such areas.

In a statement, the Lagos government said the bridge will remain closed pending the conclusion of the integrity test.

“TRAVEL ALERT: Eko Bridge has been shut indefinitely by the Lagos State Government due to a fire outbreak at Apongbon in the early hours of today,” the statement reads.

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“Bridge likely to remain closed until an integrity test is conducted. All are advised to factor development into their travel plans and consider security/safety in the selection of alternative routes.”

Alternative routes include the Ijora/Apapa area, the Leventis/UBA roundabout to connect Marina area, or the Ebute Ero axis to link Inner Marina and Third Mainland Bridge.

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