Apapa truck drivers on Thursday peaceful protested against the extortion of drivers at the Apapa wharf by security operatives.

According to report, the drivers accused security operatives which included Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Federal Road Safety Commission of allegedly extorting drivers.

The truck drivers said the security and traffic agents will deliberately create chaos along the road to slow down vehicles so as to extort them.

The truck drivers had to chase all traffic agents along the road away and positioned fellow truck drivers at strategic points for easy flow of traffic.

One of the drivers, Emeka Michael, lamented the incessant extortion by the security agencies, saying he had been in queue for two weeks because he did not have money to offer as a bribe.

He stated, “I have been in the queue since two weeks and it is because I don’t have N40,000 to pay. The frustration is too much and that is why some truck drivers mobilised themselves today to go and control traffic to see if some trucks that are already loaded can leave the terminal and others can enter.

“The Navy officials fired teargas in the air when we got under the bridge and we ran back because we don’t have anything to fight them.

Another truck driver, Saidu Usman, who claimed to ply the Apapa and Tin Can ports regularly, said, “Whether you are going to the port to drop container or whether you are coming out of the port, you are at the mercy of the traffic officials.

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