The Lagos-Abeokuta expressway was all lit up on Sunday evening March 31st. Only it wasn’t an early Christmas celebration happening. Judging from the pictures that hit and spread across the Internet, the expressway could be seen, filled with open fire. There were no vehicles which had an accident and caught fire. Instead this road rage expressed in flames was set up by various agitated street urchins as a way to express their anger to an injustice, according to them.
As reported, the area boys were in a frenzied state over the extra-judicial murder of an innocent man who was mistaken for a yahoo boy. It was reported that operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) shot at the man who resides around Punch Estate, Mangoro, thinking he was a prominent yahoo boy they were searching for.
The fire was reignited whenever it died down
The usually busy Lagos-Abeokuta expressway road was totally shut down as no cars were able to move as a result of the gridlock caused by the street generals. Many passengers who were on their way to their different destinations suddenly found themselves stranded because of the development.
A commuter who was also stranded like other travellers stated that aggrieved boys residing in the community were angered by the killing and then started the fire on both lanes of the road; and whenever the fire seemed to die down, they would reignite it. Unfortunately most passengers were unable at the time to seek other routes like the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
As late as about 8:15pm that same evening, the congestion of automobiles had reached Iyana-Ipaja on the Oshodi end and PWD on the end approaching Mangoro.
Lagos - Abeokuta expressway is the residence place of many area boys
At the time of the first report, there was no sight of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), or any other official action towards curbing the demonstrations of the street boys. No other casualties or injured persons were recorded as at the time the event took place, except for the victim who was mistakenly murdered.
During this uproar, members of the public who expected the presence of security agents to help in clearing the road were disappointed as none of the police or traffic management officials were seen anywhere nearby as at press time.