Tipper drivers block Niger bridge over alleged extortion by Anambra govt
Tipper drivers in Onitsha protest,block expressway leading to Niger Bridge, over alleged extortion by agents of Anambra government.
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
By Monday Ajogun
Tipper drivers in Onitsha, the commercial centre of Anambra, on Tuesday protested and blocked the expressway leading to and from Niger Bridge, over alleged extortion by agents of the state government.
All efforts made by the military personnel stationed at the scene of the incident to dismantle the road block proved abortive as their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Speaking to journalists, a top official of the tipper drivers association, Mr Onodugo Onochie, lamented that they were being extorted in Anambra when the roads from where they load the sand were dilapidated.
According to him, “because of the bad roads in Onitsha that damage our vehicles, we resolved to now load sand at Asaba, Delta State.
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“So this morning, some of us who loaded at Asaba paid N2,700 they demanded from each tipper in a day and on getting to Onitsha end of the Niger bridge, precisely at Uga junction, adjacent to military checkpoint, they also demanded that we pay again.
“Some boys stopped us and demanded that we should pay before we leave. They said that they distributed the documented information last year December and January and I told them that we were not aware of that.
“They then said we should pay N3,000 but when we offered N1,000, they said no and we had no other option than to block the road to end the saga once and for all.
“It is not that we don’t want to pay but we want to know how much to pay daily or weekly as the case may be and not each time a tipper passes they collect N3,000 from the driver,” he said. (NAN)