Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has approved the creation of a dedicated security force to oversee the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and defend state transportation assets.
Kolawole Ojelabi, the Public Relations Officer for the Lagos Metropolis Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), announced the clearance in a statement on Monday.
Ojelabi bemoaned the damage of infrastructure and the encroachment on BRT lanes, both of which he believes are impeding operations.
The squad, which is led by a Superintendent of Police, consists of 70 officers who will protect LAMATA facilities and others in the works.
They are intended to ensure that the infrastructure’s lifespan is not shortened by attacks and that passengers feel safe while utilizing public transportation.
“There was a need for a heightened level of security and vigilance, especially in light of the hoodlums that hijacked the #EndSARS protest last year,” Ojelabi added.
The Oyingbo Bus Terminal was vandalized on October 21, 2020, and 57 new BRT buses were set on fire.
On the same day, the Berger Bus Terminal and 23 new buses were demolished.