A Police van was recently converted into a makeshift commercial vehicle in Lagos. The incident took place at Eko Hotel roundabout, Lagos on Thursday, February 13.
This report is coming several weeks after the Lagos State government placed a ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles in certain parts of the state.
There has been intense gridlock and uneasy movement in the city dubbed ‘Center of Excellence‘ since the ban took effect on Saturday, February 1. Several Lagosians have aired their distress on social media as they have to spend several hours at their bus stop.
Meanwhile, the ban on motorcycles and tricycles has seemingly made the Nigerian Police to volunteer their van. Subsequently, it was used as a means of transporting stranded and fatigued Lagosians. It is uncertain if the Policemen received payment for the service rendered. However, they offered to use their van to transport commuters to their various destinations.
Usually, police vans are employed for the transport of prisoners inside a specially adapted cell in the vehicle; or for the rapid transport of a number of officers to an incident.
However, the official duty of the vehicle was halted on the afternoon of Thursday, February 13 as the uniformed men decided to help helpless citizens of the state.
An eyewitness identified as @caren_diala took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to publish the bewildering news.
She shared the moment some Lagosians scrambled to get a spot in a police van.
“I thought it was a joke today at Eko Hotel roundabout when this police van legit pulled over and started loading Ojuelegba. Omo!!! I couldn’t help it”
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