Bridge linking North to West closed


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The bridge linking the North to the West has been closed following the collapse of a bridge in Niger State.

According to an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Emechiete Emmanuel, a bridge at Tatabu village, on the Mokwa-Jebba road, collapsed Sunday night.

He advised motorists heading for the West to divert to the Minna/Suleja/Lokoja route and those heading northward to follow the Ilorin/Kabba/Lokoja road.

Emmanuel added that measures were being put in place to find a solution to the gridlock on both sides of the collapsed bridge.

“Our officers and men have been detailed to redirect traffic. We urge motorists to be law abiding and obey our men in order to recover lost time,” he said.

An articulated vehicle driver at the scene, Gimba Mohammad, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that travellers were held in the gridlock for more than five hours.

“I got here 8am and I have not moved an inch. We cannot even see what is happening in front. Most drivers have now decided to divert to reach their destination.

“We want to try the road from here (Tatabu) to Lapai (Niger) to Gegu (Kogi) near Lokoja to find our way back to Lagos. It’s a long journey but there is no alternative,” he said.



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