Traffic on Lekki-Ikoyi bridge as motorists pay toll without a whimper

Lekki-Ikoyi-bridgeDespite the court order declaring that toll on Lekki-Ikoyi bridge (Lagos) is illegal, managers of the bridge are raking in millions as motorists part with money without a whimper, a day after the pronouncement.

On Friday, March 28, 2014, traffic was noticeable in the morning and afternoon as motorists willfully paid the toll.

And at the toll point, officials of LCT (managers of the bridge) smiled as they collected money from drivers.

The ticket

The ticket

Enquiries about the court judgement were politely answered.  The officials claimed that they are unaware of any such judgement –and have not been officially directed to stop collecting it.

When we passed the toll around 10 a.m and 2 p.m today, order was enforced.

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Justice Saliu Saidu of Federal High Court (Lagos) nullified the collection of toll on the bridge following a suit filed by activist and lawyer, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa.

The court ruled that since there’s no law mandating the collection of toll on the bridge, and since it was constructed with tax payers’ money, it should not be tolled.

Meanwhile, Lagos State government has indicated that it will appeal the judgement and seek a stay of execution.


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