Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has certified the third mainland bridge safe for use.
Fashola, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday by the ministry, stated that the expansion joint shown in a social media video clip was one of those scheduled for change during repairs to the bridge.
He also added that the repairs of the bad portion of the Bridge would commence soon.
The statement reads: “The General Public is hereby informed that the expansion joint shown in a Facebook video clip, is one of those slated for change during repairs to the Third Mainland Bridge which will commence soon.
“It is still functioning and our engineers and consultants have advised that it does not pose any structural danger to the bridge and it is safe to use.
“Commuters and Lagos residents will recall that the Third Mainland Bridge was shut down for a 3-day Investigative Maintenance in August 2018. Tests done on the expansion joints then – called static and dynamic load tests – were to check functionality. A number of expansion joints were identified for replacement then.
“More recently, in March this year, underwater confirmatory tests preceding the repair works to be done on the bridge, were carried out on the piles to determine if there is further deterioration or not on the piles from that done in 2013.
“However, all the tests done preparatory to closure of the Bridge to commence comprehensive Maintenance works indicate that the integrity of the Bridge is intact.
“Therefore the third mainland bridge is safe for use, and people should desist from spreading or sharing false information about the bridge on social media platforms.
“The expansion joints to be replaced are part of a regular bridge maintenance programme that has been neglected for decades which the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is now addressing frontally on many bridges nationwide.
“Such maintenance works include resurfacing of the bridge, along with several others, which this administration is also undertaking as the bridge users will attest to a better driving surface.”
Gunmen Kill Two Tourists, Abduct Three Others In Kaduna
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed two persons, including a foreign female tourist, and abducted three others in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The state police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the gunmen who were armed with dangerous weapons invaded the Kajuru Castle Resort at about 2 pm on Saturday, shooting sporadically and in the process, shot two persons including a female expatriate to death, and whisked three others away.
He said that investigation by the police revealed that the victims along with 12 others came from Lagos on a tourism tour, and they organised a party at the Castle located at the Hill Top during which the incident happened.
According to him, the organisers of the party failed to inform the police to provide security coverage for them as has been the tradition due to the insecurity in the area.
He, however, said efforts are being made by the Command to rescue the kidnapped persons and apprehend the criminals.
According to the PPRO, “we received information through DPO Kajuru that at about 2340hrs, some suspected Kidnappers, armed with dangerous weapons, gained entry into a recreational resort called Kajuru Castle in Kajuru Local Government Area shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead two persons, including an expatriate lady and took away three others.
“Patrol teams led by the DPO rushed to the scene and evacuated the victims to St. Gerald Hospital. Investigation later revealed that the victims, along with twelve others, came from Lagos on tourism after which they organised a party at the Castle located at the Hill Top during which the incident happened,” he said.
He explained that the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, appeals to members of the public to assist the Police with useful information that would help in the arrest of the perpetrators of the heinous crime.