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Commuters groan as LAGBUS operators protest over extortion by the law enforcement

There was mayhem in Ikorodu axis yesterday, June 19, 2017, after LAGBUS operators disrupted transport activities in protest against treatment by the state’s traffic law enforcement agencies.

The buses are the franchise scheme of LAGBUS Asset Management Limited, whose drivers under the aegis of LAGBUS Captains Association, embarked on the strike over what they described as extortion, unlawful impounding of their buses by law enforcement agents and insensitivity of the bus operators to their plight.

During the process, thousands of commuters in Ikorodu, were stranded at various bus stops, especially those who were heading for places like Oshodi, Ikorodu road, Ikeja, CMS, Yaba/Oyingbo, Obalende and Ketu/Mile 12.

This is due to the bus drivers who refused to load but operators of mini buses popularly called Danfo and privately owned intra-city commercial vehicles had a field day as their fares were hiked up

some of the drivers who spoke with Vanguard lamented the daily hardship they go through especially from transport unions and law enforcement agents alleging that they are usually left with nothing after settling the various bodies daily.

One of the drivers who identified himself as Yinka Seraphin said: “We embarked on this strike to draw the attention of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, to what we suffer in the hands of ‘agberos’ and law enforcement agencies like Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and Nigeria Police Force especially Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Task Force.

An operator of LAGBUS who does not want his name in print said that the solution to the maltreatment from transport unions and various government agencies is for the Lagos State government to give the Transport Investors Cooperative Society a license of operation.

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