UPDATED: Passengers Stranded As Commercial Drivers Protest In Lagos

source: punchng

Sodiq Oyeleke Commercial drivers on Wednesday protested against alleged extortion by officials of the Lagos State task The protest left many passengers stranded along the Agege-Ogba- Berger axis of Lagos. As of 12.14 pm, gridlock had begun to pile up along the route with many passengers trekking long distances. Some of the drivers held weapons in a bid to resist further arrests. They also attacked their colleagues who attempted to convey passengers and dislodge others. The protesters barricaded the road at the popular Omole junction. One of the drivers, David, told our correspondent that he was made to pay N20, 000 by the task force “I was in the park when they arrested me. I was buying sachet water and I suddenly found some of them (task force officials) in my vehicle. I asked them what my offence was but they only said I have been arrested. I eventually paid N20,000 before I was freed,” he added. Another protester lamented that some task force officials were making it difficult for them to recoup their investment in the transportation He said, “They said we should not drive Okada (motorcycle) again, we bought Keke Napep (tricycle). They banned that again and we bought minibusses. They still collect money from us as if we are operating illegally. We are tired of being treated like criminals. We cannot continue to pay illegal fees again. Anytime they stop you, they start to demand N20,000. This is unfair.” When contacted on the telephone, the spokesman for the Lagos State Task Force, Mr Taofeek Adebayo, denied the allegation that the commercial drivers were being He said, “The fact remains that their protest will not stop the agency from carrying out its statutory functions in enforcing the Lagos State Transport

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