The Lagos division of the Federal High Court has fixed May 6, 2019, to deliver judgment on the suit filed by human right activist lawyer, Femi Falana, against the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN and the Federal Road Safety Commission,
The judge Muslim Hassan fixed the date after parties in the suit adopted their final addresses.
Mr Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is praying the court to order the removal of all obstructions on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, including the “deadly” trailers and tankers, and to repair the road.
The former National President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) is also seeking a declaration that “the parking of tankers and trailers on the overhead bridges in Lagos is illegal and unconstitutional.”
According to him, such acts constitute a threat to the fundamental right to life of the applicant and other motorists as guaranteed by section 33 of the 1999 constitution and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
In a supporting affidavit, the lawyer said many of the federal roads across the country were in very bad shape, including the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
“I also know as a fact that the traffic situation on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway today is unbearable and a dreadful risk to lives of the motorists plying through the roads,” he said.
He also noted that the roads have in recent times caused death through recurring accidents adding that the commuters plying the road risk their lives due to the heavy-duty vehicles that are stranded on the roads.
He said; “Vehicular movement along the road has become a misadventure and a nightmare that the applicant often regrets venturing into each time he plies the road.
“Long before the bad and dilapidated state of the road, it used to be less than 30 minutes’ drive from Oshodi to Apapa, but now the travelling time exceeds one hour,” he added.