The conflict in the state between commercial drivers and agberos (highway tax collectors who target commercial drivers) has been brought up by Musiliu Akinsaya (Mc Oluomo), chairman of the Lagos State Parks and Garages Association.
One of the drivers informed FIJ that Mc Oluomo had prohibited the agberos’ illegitimate taxes.
Mc Oluomo informed us this afternoon during a meeting we had with him at the state council that no driver from Oshodi to Tollgate must any longer be required to pay illegitimate agbero taxes, the source told FIJ.
Only two tickets may be purchased per day; following that, only loading fees will be due.
The typical ticket cost, as determined by the Lagos State Park Management, is N800.
“He claimed that the additional taxes levied at Iyana Ipaja and Agbado Ijaiye were no longer valid. Either Oshodi or the Tollgate are acceptable places for us to purchase our daily tickets.
“Next, for about N500, we’ll purchase the council ticket and security booking. “.
He added that Akinsanya had promised to stop collecting fines on Saturdays and Sundays in order to appease the drivers who had been wronged.
No driver should be required to purchase tickets on Saturdays and Sundays for weekend jobs, he said.
“Only from Monday to Friday should the union force us to purchase tickets. A chance to bring something back to our families ought to be provided.
He gave N1 million to help those hurt in the attack on the protesting drivers. According to him, it should be applied to those who have been hurt and whose property has been stolen.
“I am so joyful. No major agbero disruptions are expected when we resume work on Monday.
“There are no longer any oppressive taxes. Compared to the N20,000 we previously paid, all we have to pay each day is a little under N2,500. “.
AGBEROS – CP AFFECTS MANY PEOPLE, NOT JUST YOU.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, addressed the drivers on Thursday morning and said that the agbero problem was not unique to them.
“Not only you, but residents of the state are impacted by this problem. If you can choose representatives to address the state council on your behalf, that would be great, he said.
“This is preferable to protesting in the streets, where it might be taken over by criminals. “.
An anti-agbero tax demonstration in Lagos descended into violence, as reported by FIJ. While some agberos attacked them with machetes, police officers allegedly opened fire on protesters.