Taskforce Arrests 33 NURTW Members, ‘Agbero’ Over Extortion

The Lagos State Taskforce on Environment (Enforcement) Unit has arrested 30 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and three other street urchins over illegal collection of fees from motorists on the highway.

The NURTW members were arrested at different locations in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, such as Idumota, Oshodi and Ikeja, P.M.NEWS learnt.

The taskforce officials swooped on the union members unannounced, having received complaints from the public over undue extortion by the union members who were supposed to collect fees only at garages and parks.

The armed taskforce officials arrested and hauled them into the Black Maria and conveyed to their at Alausa, Ikeja office.

When P.M.NEWS asked why the union members and agberos were arrested, the Taskforce Chairman, Supol Bayo Sulaiman said there had been public outcry over illegal collection of fees from motorists by union members.

He said this was why the taskforce had to act swiftly to arrest the situation and sanitise the system, adding that for too long, the union members had constituted a nuisance to the public by collecting illegal fees rather than stay in their parks to collect fees.

According to him, any fee collected outside motor parks was illegal and punishable according to the law, adding that government would no longer fold its hands and allow this to continue.

“The exercise is a continuous one and I have spoken with the union leaders and their chairman on the issue,” he stated, adding that anyone arrested collecting illegal fees would be charged to court. Over 250 area boys have been arrested in various parts of the state for acts that constitute a breach of pubic peace and harassment of innocent Lagosians.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

5 COMMENTS

  1. Not only d black men on the road.what about F.R.S.C.Go to iyana iba bridge.they are there.come to ikotun oke-afa road.Lagos is indeed a real commercial center not only for area boys but for all kinds of uniform men.

  2. Elijah thumb up for you. if the police needs the addresses of the check points where their colleagues are collecting these monies i will personally take them there. I MEAN I WILL TAKE THEM THERE IN PERSON.
    It I tell you what i encountered in the hands of these black robbers you will pity me. they wanted to collect money from a driver the man wants to clear well before giving them money this crazy policeman corked his gun mistakenly he shot a bullet out and I am the one sitting in front, I have to lie down.

    they should work on the Nigerian Police more!!!!!!!

  3. KINDLY ALERT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TASK FORCE ON OUR BEHALF IN KETU FOR THESE TOUTS ARE TURNING INTO A PUBLIC NUISANCE ALL OVER THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ALONG IKORODU ROAD DEMURIN STREET BY MR BIGG’S OUTLET @ OBANLE ARO BUS STOP IN KETU AND ALAPERE AXIS AS WELL….

  4. How can we follow up on this case to determine what happened eventually to the arrested criminals, hope their political godfather will not bail them out from prosecution.

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