The Council of Maritime Truckers Unions and Associations (COMTUA) has accused the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) of operating 20 illegal checkpoints where truck drivers are being blackmailed daily.
In a recent statement by COMTUA national chairperson Prince Adeyinka Aroyewun, the truck drivers lamented the daily extortion their members face at the hands of government-backed touts along Lagos’ port access and major highways.
According to COMTUA, “It is with great dismay that we write to emphasize and draw your attention to the extreme torture, daily extortion and vandalism of trucks that our members face at the hands of touts along the port access and major highways in Lagos.
“It is regrettable, to say the least, that this flagrant and illegal practice continues in broad daylight without doing anything to stop it.
“Complaints and advisory letters to the Parks and Garages Board, the Parks Management Board and the Maritime Workers’ Union (MWUN) about the activities of its members fell on deaf ears as nothing came of it.
“Instead of being polite, they resorted to the most provocative insults as these groups, with the connivance of government agencies, increased dues and points of extortion.
“Specifically, MWUN has 20 checkpoints, from Coconut to Tin-Can Port Second Gate, each checkpoint is mandatory to collect N2,000 from our members. This is under the supervision of Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, General Chairman of MWUN , whose main coordinator is Taofeek Shorinola (also known as Sheu Tao).They have harmed and even killed our members for not complying with extortion.
“Parks and Garages has Abayomi Abeyi Ajele (also known as Ikomodina), Michael Adewale (also known as Hot water) and a Raji (also known as Student mount) as coordinators who control 30 of the parks between Mile 2 and Sunrise Extortion points are mandatory to collect between N2,000 and N6,000 per point.
The park rangers had Chiboy and Adeleke act as coordinators who forcibly collected money from truck drivers inside Kirikiri, FATGBEMS, Badagry Express Road and Amuwo Odofin. “