A long-awaited independent investigation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which has been subject to corruption allegations for the past decade, has finally been released, after its predecessors were dogged by allegations of fraud and sabotage. Of some concern, it found a toll gate between Lekki Peninsula and Mafoluku that has allegedly been a “grand scheme of state capture.” Although the findings have been publicised by the commission investigating the toll gate, and Nollywood actor Kalu Ikeagwu has asked viewers to write in with their own anecdotes of its alleged corruption, Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency, which is listed as an “authoritative actor” in the report, has issued a denial. The revelation comes two days after a high-level crisis committee of Nigerian representatives to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accused the BBC of playing down the toll gate issue in their 2017 election coverage. The tension surrounding the controversy has been heightened by a new exhibition at The Other Muse Museum of Railways of East Africa, which opens July 13.
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