Jubril Gawat, an aide to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has debunked reports that Lagosians trekking en route to Ikeja computer village were doing so as a result of the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
On Wednesday evening, several videos circulated on Twitter, showing a large number of Lagosians trekking their way from Computer Village in Ikeja to Along, News About Nigeria reports.
Initial reports suggested that the fuel subsidy removal and increased fuel prices were the cause.
Gawat refuted the reports saying the trekking was due to an ongoing construction project in the area.
This is Ikeja computer village and people are seen trekking.
— GIDI (@Gidi_Traffic) July 19, 2023
The videos went viral on social media.
Many individuals mocked the situation and said that the rising fuel prices had made public transportation unaffordable.
A particular Twitter user, @kemisola_____, shared one of the videos on her page, fueling the initial narrative.
However, Jubril Gawat took to Twitter to debunk these claims and provide accurate information.
He quoted @kemisola_____’s tweet, stating, “Construction of the Ikeja Overhead bridge and overpass for the Red Line Rail project, to be opened soon is what is causing it. Normal road users in this area know this. Stop misleading the public.”
Another tweep replied to him,
“Away from the fake news. I suppose the bridge should have been opened to motorist outward computer village at least. It’s stressful normally to trek everyday on the bridge to Along before getting buses towards Iyana Ipaja, etc. It doesn’t have to wait till the rail is ready”.
He replied, “Soon”.
Meanwhile, some of the pages who pushed the wrong narrative with the video have deleted their tweets.