The Nigerian Navy has warned that trucks parked on the Apapa Bridge which results in a continued gridlock on the bridge can be exploited by terrorists to wreck havoc in the state.
Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lagos, Sylvanus Abbah who made the disclosure on Wednesday during an interactive session with stakeholders in Lagos on the perennial gridlock on the Apapa Dockyard Road said some of the vehicles have been parked on the bridges for two or three weeks, with some of them carrying loads.
“Nigeria is going through a lot of trying times now. Terrorists may strike anytime in any part of the country without you predicting.
“We have to take adequate measures to prevent such from happening. Some of the vehicles have been parked on the bridges for two or three weeks, with some of them carrying loads.
“The terrorists and other enemies of Nigeria could easily use this opportunity. So many tankers are parked along the road; if any of them is set ablaze, you know what will happen to the rest,” he said.
As a result, truck owners who have their trucks parked on the Apapa bridge have been given 48hours to remove the trucks on the Apapa bridges to ease traffic.
“One of the constitutional roles of the military is to protect key national assets, including the bridges. If we need to enforce the laws of the land, we have to work hand-in-hand with the state government to ensure that sanity is restored,” he said.