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  • Updated: February 07, 2024

Anambra tipper drivers protest, accuse govt of extortion

Anambra tipper drivers protest, accuse govt of extortion

On Tuesday, Tipper drivers in Onitsha, Anambra's commercial hub, staged a protest and obstructed the expressway to and from the Niger Bridge, citing alleged extortion by state government agents. 

Despite efforts by military personnel at the scene to remove the roadblock, their appeals went unheeded. Onodugo Onochie, a senior official of the Tipper Drivers Association, expressed frustration to journalists, highlighting that they were being extorted in Anambra while dealing with deteriorating road conditions at their sand loading sites.

He said, “So this morning, some of us who loaded at Asaba paid N2,700 they demanded from each tipper in a day, and on getting to Onitsha end of the Niger bridge, precisely at Uga junction, adjacent to a military checkpoint, they also demanded that we pay again. 

“Some boys stopped us and demanded that we pay before leaving. They said they distributed the documented information last year in December and January, and I told them we were unaware of that.

“They then said we should pay N3,000, but when we offered N1,000, they said no, and we had no other option than to block the road to end the saga once and for all.

“It is not that we don’t want to pay, but we want to know how much to pay daily or weekly as the case may be, and not each time a tipper passes they collect N3,000 from the driver.”

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