Major bridge between Abuja and western part of Nigeria collapses in Kwara after heavy rain (photos)
– The bridge is said to be a major transit route between Abuja with the western part of Nigeria
– The bridge collapsed as a result of heavy rains
– Boboye Oyeyemi ordered personnel of the FRSC to the scene of the incident
A bridge on the Mokwa-Jebba road in Kwara state collapsed in the night of Saturday, June 9, following heavy rainfall. The incident resulted in heavy vehicular traffic, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC’s public education officer disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, June 10.
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Mokwa-Jebba road, which links Niger and Kwara states, is a major transit route between Abuja and the Western part of the country.
The reports said Kazeem had earlier alerted the public to the collapsed of Mowo Bridge, which he said is located after Mowo Junction, 18km from Mokwa town in Niger.
He said the scene of the latest incident is about one km from Tatabu Bridge, which collapsed last in 2017 and was promptly fixed by the federal government.
He also said vehicular traffic had been affected on both sides of the road, and that there was no thoroughfare at the moment.
Kazeem advised motorists to, in the interim, ply the Lokoja road as an alternative if going to Lagos and Abuja.
He further said the corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, had ordered immediate deployment of more personnel and logistics on the alternative route to manage the anticipated rise in traffic.
“Oyeyemi, therefore, calls for caution among the motoring public while the bridge is being fixed.
“He has also ordered strict traffic surveillance by operatives of the corps at the bridge head to avert any mishap,” he said.