Commuters along Agege-Ogba-Berger area of Lagos State have resorted to trekking as commercial drivers on Wednesday protested against the frequent extortion by officials of the Lagos State task force.
As a result, passengers became stranded while heavy traffic had started building along the route.
Some of the commercial drivers allegedly held weapons in order to prevent any attempt to arrest them while some drove out passengers from the vehicles of their colleagues who attempted to convey commuters.
According to reports, the protesting drivers gathered at Omole junction to express their displeasure over the development.
In another development, following the intervention of Governor Ben Ayade, the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and other affiliate unions have suspended their two-day protest.
Recall that the workers demonstrated at the Accountant General’s office in Calabar over the government’s failure to pay banks after deducting loans from the workers’ salaries.
However, they suspended the protest when the governor appealed to them, adding that he would pay for two months this week.
Ayade explained that the state could not afford to pay the lump sum – which is a total of four months – at once.
The protesting workers carried placards with various inscriptions including, ‘A workman deserves his wages’, ‘Workers can’t access facilities anymore, pay banks their monies’ and ‘Trade Union Act and Labour Act say remit deductions within 72 hours’, among others.
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