Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Update on BRT Crash: Rumour was False

Operators of both the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) and LAGBUS bus services in Lagos have denied a message posted by FRSC on its Twitter page that a vehicle in their fleets was involved in any road mishap on Monday.

The rumour mill was thick on Monday morning to the effect that 'a fully loaded BRT bus crashed and plunged into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos'. This rumour stemmed from this post taken from the Twitter page of the FRSC: 


The managing director of LAGBUS Assets Management Ltd., operators of LAGBUS buses, Mr Babatunde Disu, denied any such incident. Disu said that no bus in the LAGBUS fleet, as well as its sister transport company, BRT, was involved in any accident on Monday. "Some people can be mischievous! Nothing of such has happened and nobody is praying for such a disaster", Disu said.

In the same vein, Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, a consultant with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA)-- regulators of the BRT-- said that the "malicious rumour was only the imagination of some weird people". Ojelabi also prayed that no such evil would befall the transport sector in the state, either private or public.

While the news of the accident was still being circulated on Twitter, Jon Gambrell, the AP correspondent in Nigeria visited the scene and tweeted his findings. Read his tweets below
So why did they tweet that in the first place? Thank God it's not true anyway!

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