Anambra State Tipper drivers are currently threatening that they will soon take to the streets if the state government doesn’t stop some alleged “illegal charges” it has been imposing on them. Press reports claim that the tipper drivers say the court had already given an order instructing the state government to stop charging them illegal fees on sand, stone and laterite. Unfortunately, some of them claim that they are still being charged these illegal fees till now and it is becoming intolerable for them.
Anambra State Tipper drivers threaten to hold massive protests if the state govt doesn’t stop imposing illegal charges on them
Over the past few years, Tipper drivers in Anambra and Imo state have particularly been seen lamenting the unbearable charges being imposed by some alleged state government officials. The Association of Tipper drivers in Anambra/Imo has several times blocked major roads like the popular Enugu-Onitsha expressway to protest this same issue of extortion coupled with alleged harassment by officials linked to the state governments.
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In the new wave of events, the national president of the drivers’ association, Comrade Emmanuel Ezeokafor, confirmed that the Tipper drivers had already taken this extortion cases to court and won the state government. He went further to even reveal that the Tipper drivers have also been paying an unabated sum of ₦10million levy to the state government’s purse till now. All these issues and many more are being listed by the Tipper drivers as their concerns and reasons for threatening to embark on a massive protest if the state govt officials keep harassing them. The looming protest in Anambra state brings to mind a similar scenario that occurred in Edo state some years back. It started as a small protest but later graduated to a massive one that disrupted traffic and other commercial activities in the state.
Below is one of the press videos that captured the massive Tipper drivers protest in Edo state a few years ago.
Tipper Drivers Protest Alleged Manhandling and Arrest of Colleague