About an hour and a half later, one of the buses arrived.
And a scramble ensued. Passengers who were, hitherto, not on the queue battled those in the line for a space in the bus.
It took the arrival of a BRT official to restore orderliness.
Then, with the use of their cowry cards, the passengers began to board. The card is a reloadable prepaid card that once tapped against a machine in the bus, scans the bar code and deducts the appropriate fare for the trip.
When it got to the turn of a middle-aged man, his card was rejected due to insufficient funds.
Another chaos ensued.
“What are you telling me? I loaded N1,000 two days ago and only went to Maryland to and fro,” the man barked at an official.
“I should have about N400 left, now you are telling me I cannot get on the bus because I have no…