Lagos dispatch riders protest extortion, multiple permits; seek reduction in levies

Dispatch riders and logistics operators in Lagos State on Monday, March 21, 2022, barricaded the main entrance to the Lagos State House of Assembly complex to protest against multiple taxations, permits, and extortion by some agencies of the state and federal governments.

According to reports, the protesters, consisting of men and women displaying placards with various inscriptions like; ‘We are not lazy Nigerians, No to baboon area boys’, ‘Give us one card’ and others, prevented visitors from entering into the complex despite heavy police presence at the gate.

The dispatch riders claim that, aside from the permits issued by the Lagos State Government, they are mandated to pay to operate in neighbouring states like Ogun.

They condemned a situation where about four tickets/cards amounting to #25, 000 are issued to operators by authorities, comprising the Lagos State government, Local Councils, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

The operators, who noted that the Lagos State House of Assembly had in 2021 directed that the extortion of dispatch riders in the state should be stopped, appealed to government officials to comply with the directives to allow peace reign. 

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