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Commuters Stranded As Early Morning Rain Throws Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Into Heavy Traffic

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Residents of Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro, Warewa were thrown into heavy traffic early Wednesday morning due to early morning downpour.

The rain, which started at about 6am when workers were trooping out to work did not stop until about 10 am as flood ravaged the nooks and crannies of the communities along the axis.

The traffic jam began from Mowe to the long bridge for Lagos bound motorists while those exiting Lagos ran into the traffic from Warewa down to Arepo going to Ibadan.

Commuters were stranded. The road was rough. Pupils could not leave home for schools while many vehicles were stocked in the mud and torrent.

Our correspondent who monitored the situation observed that many motorists who were going to office had to park their vehicles to allow the rain to subside.

Vehicles without good windscreen and wipers were pulling over in what looked like a drama on Wednesday morning.

There were no officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps on the road.
The situation became tensed as there were few commercial buses and motorcycle on the road to convey workers to their offices.

Many of the commuters were drenched and had to go back home to change their clothes. “What will I do now, I’m soaked to pant,” a commuter who identified himself as Mr. Nelson said.

He explained, “For those of us who are junior staff, we don’t have option, we just have to be at work even if it is raining fire. If I can get a bus, I will get to office and let the boss see me drenched.”

To him, it is better to arrive office soaked than to give excuse.

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