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Lagos closes Eko Bridge, orders integrity test after Apongbon fire incident

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday ordered the closure of the Eko Bridge following a fire outbreak in Apongbon section of the bridge, which detroyed millions of naira goods and property.

Earlier on Wednesday, a fire broke out at the Apongbon market, and it took hours to bring the situation under control. The inferno also affected a section of the bridge.

After the incident, officials of the federal ministry of works had said integrity tests would be conducted by a joint team of engineers from the federal government and Lagos state.

The federal government has also given traders and squatters under bridges in Lagos till March 31 to vacate such areas.

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In a statement, the Lagos government said the bridge will remain closed pending the conclusion of the integrity test.

“TRAVEL ALERT: Eko Bridge has been shut indefinitely by the Lagos State Government due to a fire outbreak at Apongbon in the early hours of today,” the statement reads.

“Bridge likely to remain closed until an integrity test is conducted. All are advised to factor development into their travel plans and consider security/safety in the selection of alternative routes.”

Alternative routes include the Ijora/Apapa area, the Leventis/UBA roundabout to connect Marina area, or the Ebute Ero axis to link Inner Marina and Third Mainland Bridge.

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