Commercial bus drivers protest police extortion in Enugu, declare two-day strike

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Mar 17th, 2014
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imageEnugu residents were on Monday stranded at various locations in the state capital following a protest from commercial bus drivers.

The drivers, who ply Abakpa-Obiagu, Abakpa-New Market, Abakpa-Old Park and Abakpa-New Haven also declared a 2-day strike.

They accused officials of the Enugu State Police
Command of exploiting and intimidating their members.

The bus drivers carrying placards with various inscriptions staged protest at the premises of different media houses including NTA, Radio Nigeria and State owned Radio/TV ESBS.

The group in a protest letter signed by their spokesperson, Chibueze Eze said the protest was to voice out to the whole world the level of extortion, intimidation
and exploitation of their members by officials of Nigerian Police Force.

The letter reads: “We bus drivers of Abakpa axis are here to express our heart
bleeding feelings over what has been happening to us at various bus routes.

“The police in Abakpa have humiliated us for more than one year. We
have no roundabout at Abakpa, and when you make a-turn in the street they will arrest you and impound your vehicle on grounds that you have contravened traffic law
in a street”.

They further alleged that the police after detaining such a driver even more than 48 hours, would still collect N5000 for bail.

They described Abakpa divisional police officer, D.T.O 2 and one Abraham Ani as “tormentors-in-chief in the area”.

The drivers begged the police authority and the Enugu State Government to prevail on those police officers, to forthwith stop harassing their members in cause of their legitimate business.

“Please we are not saying that police should stop
their constitutional duty, we are saying that they should do their work
according to provisions of the law”, they pleaded.

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