In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 15th, August, 2020

The Day Lagos Site visitors Trapped A Groom’s Dad and mom And Delayed Their Marriage For Seven Hours

The Day Lagos Traffic Trapped A Groom's Parents And Delayed Their Marriage For Seven Hours

Emmanuel Adedoyin and his spouse anticipated their wedding ceremony day with bated breath. Because the date drew nearer, efforts to keep away from hitches on D-Day had been made by the couple and each different member of the family that mattered. Preparations rolled into anxieties as imageries of glamour attribute of such event preoccupied the minds of the younger couple like hornets glued to the eaves.

The much-awaited day lastly got here. Because the clock ticked 9am, Emmanuel left his residence in Arepo–an Ogun group alongside the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway– along with a few of his mates. His seems to be and resplendent flowing native gown radiated glitz as he headed to the marriage venue, about 42 kilometres away in Ejigbo, Lagos State.

Though the programme was to begin at 2pm, the 31-year-old was desperate to be on the bottom in time to tie up free ends. He received to the venue at 10am that Sunday, ready patiently for his mother and father to reach so the occasion may begin.

All alongside, he by no means thought something may pose a menace to the schedule. Sadly, horrible visitors ensued on Lagos highways that Sunday and turned out to be huge a monster holding his mother and father’ automobile for a number of hours on Ikorodu-Street.

“It’s a day I can always remember,” mentioned Adedoyin, Emmanuel’s father. “Two relations, my spouse and I had been caught in visitors for hours and the bride value was with me,”
he added.

Adedoyin informed our correspondent that he and his spouse left Arepo at 12.30pm, pondering it will be a clean drive all the way in which, being a weekend when visitors was normally free.

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“We left dwelling at the moment on the belief that there could be no visitors,” he disclosed as he started to relate the troubled time he endured that day.

Again on the wedding ceremony venue, stress continued to mount as everybody eagerly awaited the arrival of the groom’s mother and father. The occasion was placed on maintain and to douse the strain, the bride’s household needed to make use of the bizarre aspect. A desk tennis was rapidly put collectively to maintain the company entertained as a few of them had began leaving the venue, Adedoyin mentioned.

He acknowledged, “We began working into visitors at Seven Up, Ojota. We turned again to hyperlink Kudirat Abiola Means and met one other visitors. We then manoeuvered till we linked the Third Mainland Bridge.

“By the point we received to Oworonsoki junction, it was hell. The automobile we had been in was overheating. It was already 5pm and calls had been coming in repeatedly from my son’s in-laws. I stored on telling them we had been on our method and that we had been held in visitors.

“Once we received to Anthony on Ikorodu Street, I may not handle the overheating. I needed to park the car at a protected place. I instantly took a bus from there to Oshodi.”

At Oshodi, embattled Adedoyin received caught up in one other mess. Business bus drivers had been unwilling to take passengers who needed to drop off at Iyana Isolo. Right now, the agbada he donned elegantly when he left dwelling had all of the sudden discovered solace in his left arm as he waved anxiously at any yellow buses in sight.

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When it grew to become obvious that he wouldn’t get a bus that might cease at Iyana Isolo, the place he would be a part of one other car to Ejigbo, he went the way in which of a wise Lagosian.

“I boarded a bus and on attending to Charity (the bus cease subsequent to Iyana Isolo), I informed the driving force, I might alight at Iyana Isolo. The motive force was mad at me as a result of he had already mentioned he wouldn’t cease there.

“I pretended as if I used to be a stranger in Lagos and was begging him to drop me off. In the meantime, I used to be by the door aspect, decided to leap down at any slight alternative.

“The conductor blocked the door; he didn’t need me to disembark. Passengers joined to beg on my behalf and he ultimately stopped. It was already 7pm. I instantly took a bus to Ejigbo. I didn’t get to Ejigbo till 9pm. I took a N500 bike from Ejigbo to the church the place the engagement held. I prostrated to apologise to my son’s father-in-law,” the 55-year-old man acknowledged, including that his son was speechless when he noticed him.

He defined that his spouse and two different family members got here in an hour later to witness no matter they may make out of the occasion.

“Lagos visitors is horrible. Since I relocated to Abuja some years again, I really feel discouraged to return to Lagos due to the visitors. I don’t even know what actually triggered the visitors that day as a result of there was no accident.

“My son (the groom) had gone there since morning. I used to be even abusing him for going there early. Even the meals we had been taking to the venue received there late,” Adedoyin lamented.

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