A message going viral on WhatsApp in Nigeria in November 2021 is warning people to avoid the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, the country’s largest city.
The 11.8 kilometer-long bridge is the longest of the three that connect mainland Lagos to its islands.
“We have just been informed that part of the 3rd mainland bridge has opened up and the bridge is shaking. People are advised to avoid the bridge and use alternative routes available to avoid major disaster,” the message reads.
A reporter in the video says the joint has started to “sever”. She reports that the Federal Ministry of Works has said “there is no cause for alarm” but also suggests “there is need for an urgent attention”.
But should Lagosians “avoid the bridge and use an alternative routes available to avoid major disaster”, as one Facebook post suggests?
Bridge found safe by Lagos controller of works
The ministry of works and housing also issued a statement that the claims were unfounded.
It said Olukayode Popoola, the federal controller of works in Lagos state, had inspected the bridge and “advised members of the public, especially commuters, to ignore the insinuations, as the bridge, which is receiving regular attention along with others across the country, is safe for use”.
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