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Vandalism: FG tightens security on Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Ministry of Works says it is working with the police to tighten security and stop vandalism on the Third Mainland Bridge to save…

The Federal Ministry of Works says it is working with the police to tighten security and stop vandalism on the Third Mainland Bridge to save the public infrastructure.

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mrs Olukorede Kesha, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

NAN reports that operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the police command in Lagos State had on Friday arrested a suspected vandal removing LED road stud lights on the newly-renovated Third Mainland Bridge.

According to the police, the suspect had already removed 10 of the lights before he was caught by policemen on patrol.

Kesha said that the ministry would not tolerate any vandalism on public infrastructure.

She said that police trucks had been stationed on the bridge to allow officers to quickly respond to incidents and check vandalism.

She said: “We have written to the commissioner of police to ensure more surveillance on the Third Mainland Bridge, and we have stationed police trucks on the bridge.

“Police officers now patrol the bridge more frequently; these increased security measures have led to the arrest of a number of miscreants, who were vandalising public property.

“We saw that the cat eye lights were vandalised, and the vandals were promptly arrested and taken to police custody.

“More miscreants were also arrested for vandalism even on Monday. This shows a strong response from the authorities.

“ Our eyes are on Third Mainland Bridge.”

NAN reports that cat eye lights are small reflective markers on the road that help with visibility at night.

Kesha also regretted vandalism on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

She said: “The newly-installed street lights on Kara Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway suffered vandalism as soon as the cables were completed.

“As a result, the street lights are now standing there but cannot be used because the cables are missing.

“We are waiting for the contractors to re-do the wiring and energise it. Once the repairs are completed, we ask the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to increase patrol in the area to prevent further vandalism.’’

She said that the Federal Government had replaced almost all manhole covers stolen by miscreants on federal roads in Lagos State.

She said that to prevent further theft, the ministry used Polyvinyl Chloride. (PVC) on the Third Mainland Bridge, replacing iron gratings on manholes with it.

She said that PVC was cheaper than iron gratings but it reduced overall replacement costs.

She added that PVC was potentially easier to identify and less attractive to thieves. (NAN)

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