Lagos Truck house owners lisp extortion at ports


Truck house owners below the aegis of United Truckers Advocacy Crew on Friday decried incessant extortion of house owners and drivers by some security operatives alongside port entry roads in Lagos.

The chief of the neighborhood and Chairman, Affiliation of Maritime Truck Owners, Remi Ogungbemi, made this known in an announcement he issued on Friday in Lagos.

He said the neighborhood launched into a restful marketing campaign in opposition to extortion on Thursday with visits to checkpoints mounted by security companies alongside port entry roads at some level of the Lagos ports hall.

He said contributors of the crew visited the Ports Manager, Lagos Port Advanced, Fumilayo Olotu, and the Predicament Commander, Predicament B police expose, Muhammed Dikwa, to register their complaints.

Per Mr Ogungbemi, the advocacy crew develop into inaugurated following complaints of extortion of truck drivers whereas having access to the ports.

He said the neighborhood had started working with assist from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Truck Transit Park to checkmate the excesses of the online page visitors set up watch over managers.

“We’ve got got sat down and considered that it is no longer always ample for us to complain.

“That’s the reason we situation up this advocacy crew to let security companies know that we were listening to about extortion and it would now no longer be industry as fresh.

“We are no longer any longer happy with the extortion and we don’t need it to continue all any other time.

“Our coming out can even be to regain a cordial working relationship with of us which might perchance perchance be designated to lunge trucks on the roads,’’ he acknowledged.

For the length of the boulevard expose, Mr Ogungbemi counseled online page visitors officials at the checkpoint alongside SIFAX/Ijora Bridge for guaranteeing sanity and orderliness, however frowned at the continuing extortion.

The Head of the online page visitors set up watch over crew at the SIFAX checkpoint, a Superintendent of Police, Fidelis Ihiezu, whereas expressing appreciation for the consult with, denied allegations of extortion by officials.

He said some truck drivers fabricated fallacious tales that they bribed security companies to amass money from their bosses.

“Factual from inception, we had been warned about extortion; and the principles and guidelines guiding all companies right here kick in opposition to corruption, excluding they are doing it on the alternative aspect.

“If any one is caught, the particular person will lunge in for it; no company right here supports extortion because they pay us allowances and salaries.

“Extortion also is available in from the Predicament Boys (boulevard urchins).


“Sooner than you park any truck, preparatory to lunge, they are going to glean N3,000 per day from the drivers until they lunge,’’ he said.

Mr Ihiezu assured that the security brokers would assist on their efforts to checkmate the actions of the Predicament Boys extorting truck drivers at some level of the home.


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