On Friday, the movements of people and vehicles were on the ground for more than six hours in Onitsha, Anambra state, after protests by the tipper drivers. Drivers under the auspices of the All Tipper Drivers Association protested the alleged intimidation, harassment, assault, forced collection of illegal income and exorbitant income.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that Friday’s protest was the third time that aggrieved dumps blocked the roads to express their disgust at the alleged ill-treatment of the state government. The aggrieved drivers said that some government agents were collecting revenue above the amount approved by the government.
The protesters, since 6.30 in the morning, had occupied the end of the Onitsha-Enugu motorway at the head of the Niger bridge with their sand-filled tippers to ensure the difficulty of their withdrawal.
The blocking of the both sides of the roads made entry and exit into the state frustrating, with over 50 tipper drivers chanting anti-government songs.
Some of the inscriptions on the posters that drivers carry say: “Gov. Obiano, his nominees are destroying his good work “” We love Obiano, but his commissioners are destroying his government due to selfish interest and the interest of his friends and family. ”
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that the General President of the Association of Dump Drivers in the State, Nze Ebuka Unekwe, alleged that they were forced to pay N1000 for sand travel, as well as other N1400 and N700 not approved by the government by two agents who identified as Okigbo and Oyi.
He said: “You will remember that we blocked this road in the middle of the year shortly after the dismissal of former Transportation Commissioner, Mr. Uchenna Okafor,” Wiper, “who filed all those illegal charges.
“We were invited to Awka to meet with the Governor but at the end the person we saw was the Commissioner of Police who met with us and later some of our member were detained in the prison and all efforts we made to see the Governor was blocked by the same people who are benefiting from our woes.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that The new Commissioner for Transport who came here that day to address us Dr. Christian Madubuko has done everything possible to address this problem but we understand that Wiper himself boasted to us that he has the ears of the Governor more than the Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Madubuko and the man has been saving his head in our matter so that they will not remove him.
“We blocked this road today with pain as last resort to draw attending of the Governor to the extortions Hus appointees have been engaged in, we have seen the suffering of our brother ad sister who are coming home and that is the only reason that will make us open the road today.”
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According to him, the drivers had secured a Federal High Court judgement against the illegal revenue agents but regretted that they refusal to obey the court judgement for their selfish gains.
Also speaking, the Tipper Drivers Coordinator and the association’s Vice President, Mr. Boniface Udenwa, said they had taken enough of some appointed by the Anambra state government to decide to drop the Governor’s name claiming to have dinner and drink wine with He and, therefore, can do anything and go free.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that The protesters then dispersed after the appeal of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who represented Anambra South in the Senate, who was also trapped while returning from Asaba airport.
Speaking to reporters, Ubah said it hurt him that the incident happened at a time when people returned home for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. He promised to meet tomorrow with the dump drivers at his home before meeting with the state governor, Willie Obiano, to find a lasting solution to the persistent crisis.