Fresh reports have it that some commercial drivers in Lagos State that are particularly operating within the Iyana-Ipaja area recently protested against alleged increasing extortion by officials of the state task force on Environment & Special offences.
The drivers were reportedly outraged to stage the protest because the agency impounded 30 different buses on Monday 31st of August along around the Ojodu-Berger part of Lagos State.
Commercial drivers in Lagos State stage protest against alleged extortion and harassment by officials of the state Task Force
According to press reports, the protesting drivers were requesting that the state government should totally scrap the so-called agency because the officials are currently impounding their buses unjustifiably and forcefully extorting between ₦40,000 to ₦50,000 from most drivers each time their vehicles get impounded.
Mr. Abel Ayoade, one of the protesting drivers told the press that life was becoming unbearable for himself and his colleagues because of the alleged illegal operations of the state task force officials.
Mr. Ayoade reportedly disclosed to the press that officers of the task force mostly position themselves on Lagos roads around 5 am in the morning and begin impounding vehicles illegally from that time upwards.
He alleged that “innocent” commercial drivers are usually asked to pay as high as ₦40,000 to ₦50,000 before the agency can release their impounded vehicles which are normally kept at the agency’s office in Oshodi.
Meanwhile, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, the PRO of the task force has reacted to these allegations by stating that the affected drivers were the ones causing unnecessary gridlocks hence their vehicles get impounded.
Prior to this recent commercial driver’s protest; Lagos Courier operators also notified the government of alleged extortion last month. Watch the press video report below;
Alleged Extortion: Lagos Courier Operators Seek Government's Intervention