Commuters Stranded As Commercial Drivers Protest Extortion By LASTMA, Task Force

Foto druk verkeer in Lagos, Nigeria. Als voorbeeld; graag keuzebeelden

Traffic jams form along Nnamdi Azikiwe street in Lagos January 22,
2003. Drivers in Lagos are stopping to gape at UFOs – unidentified
flashing objects – that have been mysteriosly appearing at busy
intersections around the city of Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of
Nigeria. REUTERS/George Esiri


A protest by commercial bus drivers in Lagos over alleged extortion by Task Force and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), on Monday, has left commuters stranded.

Information Nigeria understands that a few regions in the State were impacted, including Agege, Iyana Ipaja, and Egbeda.

As seen in several videos, commuters were left stranded as the commercial drivers embarked on the strike to protest extortion.

In a statement, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, noted that the police conveyed a meeting on Sunday and that there would be a meeting with the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on Monday (today).

“The Lagos State Police Command has concluded a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at addressing the proposed Monday November 13 protest by public transport drivers in Lagos State.

However, at the meeting attended by the leadership of the Police, Lagos State Government, LASTMA and the NURTW, germane issues and concerns raised by the drivers were critically looked into.

“The stakeholders, at the conclusion of the meeting, agreed to work together to ensure obedience to all traffic laws on the part of the transporters and the checkmating of excesses of law enforcement officers within the state. In addition, the NURTW agreed to a larger meeting tomorrow Monday, November 13, 2023,” the statement read.

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