Abiola Seun |
Economic activities were yesterday paralysed at the Lagos ports Complex – Apapa and Tin-Can Island as truck drivers, clearing agents and truck owners joined protesters clamouring for an end to police brutality under the #EndSARS campaign.
The port protesters numbering over hundreds however sought an end to extortion by security agencies controlling traffic as well as sharp practices by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The protesters had succeeded in blocking the two major ports access roads with articulated vehicles, thereby crippling operations at the ports.
They were seen dancing and chanting solidarity songs right in front of the nation’s premier port, Apapa port.
Speaking to journalists, the President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi Ogungbemi said the protest is against extortion by security agencies and passage of trucks to access the seaport for evacuation of cargoes.
He said, “truly, we are protesting and our demand to authorities before we suspend the protest is to dissolve presidential task force controlling traffic into the port because of extortion and they should also prioritise export trucks to discharge export to the port.”
“We also demand passage of refer containers, dissolution of all illegal security checkpoints of extortion in Apapa and Tin-Can island.”
According to Ogungbemi, the protesting truck drivers and clearing agents are calling on the federal government to remove all Customs officers from exit gate.”
Also speaking , an Executive of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) at Tin Can Chapter confirmed that the strike action would continue until all the anomalies in the clearance procedure are addressed.
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