high rate of robbery attacks that is prevalent around bridges in most
parts of Lagos, Nigerian’s fastest growing commercial capital city, is
increasing at an alarming rate. As we know, only those who have been
victims of such cases in bridges in Lagos can live to tell these stories
and even more.
The state government, though doing their best to
curtail the menace of insecurity in and around the bridges in Lagos and
its environs, has not been able to win the battle even with the presence
of security agencies all around the Lagos bridges.
This situation has led to more worrying cases for
a lot of residents which has been caused by these miscreants, who look
for every opportunity to strip the possession of hard working and
peaceful individuals of their honest earnings and profits. One of such
places to find these miscreants is under-the-bridge. Here is a top 3
list of some of them.
1. Third Mainland Bridge: This is a state of the art master-class
bridge in Lagos, Nigeria. Cars, Motorcycles and other automobiles moving
at breath-taking speed perhaps sums up what this bridge was made for –
life on the fast lane. However, there have been reported cases of people
getting robbed on this architectural masterpiece over the years. Anyone
who is unfortunate enough to have his car break down on this bridge
stands the risk of being attack by hoodlums who are normally armed with
dangerous weapons. There have been cases of drivers getting robbed in
this bridge also. So many drivers are often advised to wind up their car
windows when caught in huge traffic gridlocks on this bridge. There have
also been instances of drivers and other occupants of vehicles being
robbed simply because they failed to take this important precaution.
However, patrolling security personnel and illumination on the bridge
have reduced this negative trend in the past few months.
2. Obalende Bridge: Obalende may not be what it used to be – a
new mega terminus having replaced a once popular car park where anything
can happen – but despite its beauty and improved organisation, the area
is still flagged in some quarters as a red zone with a significant
number of street urchins who engage in pickpocketing, gangsterism and
harassment of road users, in the early morning and even in the night.
3. Oshodi under-Bridge: Unlike Obalende, Oshodi is not what it
used to be. So many things have changed over the years, even with the
new administration. The community was infamous for its chaotic nature a
few years back. However, despite its impressive and growing beauty, the
under-bridge of this historic community shows a semblance of what the
situation used to be. Commuters are still known to be cautious when
hanging around the bridge’s surroundings at night. At night, a lot of
people, mostly young men, could be seen gathering in groups under the
bridge, especially at the railway end, smoking and engaging in other
However, there are so many other locations in
Lagos where there is a high profile criminal activities being carried
out in some parts of the bridges, but listed here is the top 3 locations
where individuals and automobile owners are to always take precautions
when they find themselves in such spots.