Passengers stranded as danfo drivers protest against thugs, police

Lagos yellow bus (danfo) drivers are protesting against extortion by touts and security operatives.

The demonstration, which is taking place along the Mile 2-Badagry expressway on Friday, has left many passengers stranded.

The majority of the drivers participating in the protest are currently occupying Ketu bus stop.

The drivers say they no longer have money to “settle” the thugs who take over N1,000 from each driver daily.

The protesters add that there are too many security checkpoints on the expressway.

They also complain about harassment and extortion by police, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials.

Some of the areas affected are Agbara to Iyana-Era, Igbo-Elerin, Okokomaiko, and Iyana Iba.

Commuters were left with the option of commercial motorcycles, who charged N3,000 from Iyana-Era to Mile 2.

“A lot of commuters plying the road are presently stranded and may remain so but the drivers are determined to keep up the strike until the extortion of drivers on the road is stopped by the government,” a resident told Sahara Reporters.

“The only major reservation expressed by some is that the police may be deployed to unleash terror on the drivers anytime soon.

“They say while some may be arrested, they are conscious that many of them may be killed by the erratic officers who would be deployed to crush the strike by any means necessary.”

Sahara Reporters

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