Tanker drivers yesterday barricaded Lagos – Ibadan Express road, prompting commuters and motorists who plied the expressway to be stranded for about 13 hours.
Vanguard gathered that, the trouble started in Ogere – Remo yesterday when a team of police escorts allegedly shot the tyres of a trailer laden with petrol with registration number JIGAWA XC 405 DUT carrying petrol at around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
The incident later reportedly led to the heavy traffic jam following the alleged damage of three tyres of the trailer, heading towards Ibadan with a stopover at the Ogere trailer park.
In retaliation, other trailers plying the road allegedly blocked the other side of the express road which caused another serious traffic jam at the Ogere axis of the road.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of Ogun Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said that the policemen who allegedly caused the crisis were not from Ogun State Command.
A Deputy Commissioner of Police from Eleweran in Abeokuta, Mohammed Abdulkadir later engaged the trailer drivers in negotiations before they agreed to vacate the road.
Vanguard gathered that, the police authority had already agreed to pay the N250, 000 cost of replacing the damaged tyres to pacify the protesting trailer drivers.
The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Ogun, Mr. Ayobami Omiyale, said that he instructed motorists on both axis to make use of alternative routes before the problem was resolved.