Richard Ginika Izuora
The Managing Director, Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), Mr Idowu Oguntona has suspended all bus operations for the safety of passengers following the #EndSARS protest in the city.
A statement by LBSL Public Affairs Officer, Afolabi Olawale, on Thursday, October 15, disclosed that Oguntona said the suspension was due to a viral video on social media of thugs who disrupted #EndSARS protesters at Alausa coming out of bus 240171.
“This is contrary to the narratives being circulated across social media in respect of a bus belonging to LBSL captured at the Secretariat Bus Stop, Alausa this morning,” he said.
Oguntona said that the bus was heading towards Oshodi from Berger around 8 a.m when some armed individuals disembarked from a particular yellow vehicle in front of the bus at the Secretariat Bus Stop.
“One of our buses during the normal cause of operations ran into approaching armed people this morning. When the people were sighted armed and heading towards our bus; commuters in the bus scampered for safety due to the imminent danger.
“One of the passengers even tried to escape through the rear window of the bus. However, the armed group, whose identity remains unknown; later went their way without attacking the bus,” he said.
Oguntona said that no LBSL Bus was used to commute persons to disrupt the ongoing protests.