By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
Affiliation of Luxurious Bus House owners of Nigeria (ALBON) has raised the alarm over alleged extortionsand harassment of its members by safety brokers at checkpoints throughout the nation.
The group accused the safety brokers of extorting between N2,000 and N10,000zero from their members regardless of their compliance with COVID-19 protocols and discount of variety of passengers.
In a petition to Inspector Common of Police signed by the chairman, Nationwide Activity Drive of ALBON, Chief Joseph Ejiofor, the drivers referred to as for the dismantling of roadblocks on the highways.
The group mentioned that its members have misplaced billions of naira to the pandemic for the 4 months they didn’t function as a result of inter-state lockdown.
The petition learn partially, “Business automobile street customers observe the rule of social distancing by lowering the variety of passengers boarding their autos equivalent to Sienna from 7 to five, Hummer bus from 15 to 9, Coaster bus from 33 to 20, luxurious bus from 52 to 25, then 59 luxurious bus to 30 and Salon automobile from four to three passengers.
“The safety businesses particularly the police created extra obstacles on the roadblocks/checkpoints, the massive sum of cash they’re extorting from us are militating in opposition to the free actions of passengers, items and providers nationwide.
“The safety businesses acquire N2,000, N5,000 and N10,000 per checkpoint relying on the kind of automobile. There are about 25 street checkpoints from Port Harcourt to Kano. They’re irritating our operation since re-opening of borders.”
If any driver didn’t pay, they might beat the motive force up and park the autos for hours and even days till the motive force complied and pay beneath compulsion.
“The worst of it was the Benin-city/Okada axis of Lagos route the place a driver who refused to pay was allegedly tie his legs and fingers with rope inside his automobile whereas his passengers have been discharged and his bus impounded.
“We’re interesting to federal authorities for bailout for industrial automobile street transportation firms. We’re for the financial rejuvenation of the nation within the wake of COViD-19 pandemic.
“We offer livelihood for tens of millions of Nigerians and elevate them out of maximum poverty. We’re the wheel upon which the financial progress of the nation transfer. We want your utmost help.”