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Lagos BRT Bus Accident On 3rd Mainland Bridge Lagoon Hoax: How FRSC Raises False Alarm

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Lagos BRT Bus Accident On 3rd Mainland Bridge Lagoon Hoax: How FRSC Raises False Alarm

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Nov 26, 2012 – Lagos BRT Bus Accident On 3rd Mainland Bridge Lagoon Hoax: How FRSC Raises False Alarm

After a weekend that was awashed with reports of the attacks of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on different locations in Northern Nigeria, the last thing the already depressed people of this nation needed was a terrifying rumor on the first day of a new week.

But contrary was the case, when the nation was again thrown into a great panic, as the Federal Road Safety Corps on its twitter handle confirmed a news that a BRT bus had plunged into a lagoon of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.

The FRSC confirmation came after journalists, who got hold of the news earlier were out to verify the news. While journalists, media houses, relatives of those who ply the road, and other concerned citizens were looking forward to a confirmation from the state government and relevant government agencies, the Federal Road Safety Corps via its Twitter handle (@FRSCNigeria) verified the story, causing more confusion.

The tweet at 12:33pm reads: “A fully loaded BRT bus fell off the Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos lagoon, 26-11-12. Rescue work in progress. Motorists must be cautious.”

As a responsible media organization that does not rely on speculations, DailyPost quickly got in touch with the Lagos FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Nseobong Akpabio. Speaking to our correspondent over the phone, Akpabio said: “The news about the BRT bus is not true.” When queried further on the information posted on the agency’s Twitter handle, he responded by saying “I am yet to confirm that.”

Apparently rattled by the nationwide confusion the blunder had triggered, the agency quickly deleted the tweet and immediately replaced it with another at 1:59pm (86 minutes later).

The tweet reads: “The news retweeted by FRSC on an accident involving a BRT (bus) in Lagos could not b confirmed. Pls disregard d information.”

A cross section of Nigerians have referred to the FRSC confirmation of the rumour as unprofessional. Some of them who were already on their way to the Third Mainland Bridge had told our correspondent, that the FRSC tweet was deceitful and unclear. They said it clearly depicted reprehensible incompetence and indicated that the official who typed it was under pressure.

But the question on the lips of many Nigerians is what would have led to such a rumour at the time the nation is still struggling to come out of the fever of Boko Haram bombings. (Source: DailyPost)

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Thomas martins

    November 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Dey beta take time because dis rumor of a thing don tire person it would not happen in Jesus name (AMEN)

  2. joe

    November 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    What really has gone into d head of the first FRSC tweeta???
    He should be jailed for dis.

    • steven

      November 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      They only thing they know is how to arrest vehicle and ask for rogers f**k frsc they bunch of a** holes that is all lagos is all about so I am not surprise

  3. Iyunade Adenike Ajadi

    November 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    ⌣»̶·̵̭̌·̵̭̌✽̤̈̊Ŧђɑ̤̥̈̊п̥̥̲̣̣̣kƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇✽̤̈̊·̵̭̌·̵̭̌«̶ to Ɠ♡D Oº°˚°º.

  4. funsho

    November 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    the frsc are looking for ways to make name and money. dem feel say since nigerians no fit enter the ocean to confirm the news, dem go fit decieve people. its a big disappointment.

  5. Gbenga Olorunshaiye

    November 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Hey think before u post any on air.

  6. Olalere Nurudeen

    November 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    pls always confirm information before spreading it.

  7. barnabas onakpa

    November 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    This is a very big problem, let all the brt dreve be carefully with deriving on the brege.

  8. doyee

    November 27, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Dis is d height of unprofessionalm..

  9. Success Ifeanyi

    November 27, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    na wah o.

  10. Aminu

    November 27, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    NA wa Ooo………..hu evn gve dAt guy fone,hu Allow am Enta cafe begin dei tweet shit??…..if I catch am,,,,him fit gve persn hypatension!

  11. Tolulope Aganna

    November 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Whoeva cooked up d false news must be evil. FRSC r u for us or against us

  12. Henry onu

    November 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Why is it that people cannot think of beta things 2 do

  13. Ilesanmi danile

    November 28, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    The best way to confirm this, is to verify from the BRT transport agency if any of their vehicle got missing as at that stipulated day and time. The FRSC should stop given out a fallacy info.thanks

  14. Herdetular Herdewale Holuwaseun

    November 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Whick kind fear, d person supose 2 b sacked 4 raising dis false alarm.

  15. Ozyke

    December 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    FRSC should tell us the truth…or we seek for divers to check the bottom of the ocean. There must BRT, 3rd mainland, Lagoon and accident on the same day. But we don’t know what exactly that must have happened. Either lagoon jumped into BRT or BRT flew in to Lagoon….pls we need to know ooooohh….

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