Commuters stranded as Mokwa-Jebba bridge collapses


Scores of travellers and motorists were on Sunday stranded as the bridge after Mowo Junction on the Mokwa-Jebba road collapsed in the early hours of the day leading to closure of the road.

The 18 kilometre bridge from Mokwa in Niger State, caved in following a heavy downpour.

Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bisi Kazeem, alerted the public over the collapse of the bridge in a statement on Sunday.

 “Vehicular movement from both sides of the road is affected. Motorists are advised to take Lokoja road if going to Lagos and Abuja in the interim,” Kazeem said.

Mokwa-Jebba Road is a major transit route for travellers between Abuja and Ilorin.

Kazeem said the scene of the incident is about one kilometre from Tatabu Bridge, which collapsed last in 2017 and was fixed by the federal government.

He said vehicular traffic had been affected on both sides of the road, and that there was no thoroughfare at the moment.

Kazeem said corps marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, had ordered immediate deployment of more personnel and logistics on the alternative route to manage the anticipated rise in traffic.

“Oyeyemi, therefore, calls for caution among the motoring public while the bridge is being fixed. He has also ordered strict traffic surveillance by operatives of the corps at the bridge head to avert any mishap,” he said.

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