The Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Association, Musiliu Akinsaya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, has banned collections of illegal taxes levied by ‘agberos’ in some parts of the state.
Oluomo took the decision after meeting with commercial bus drivers on Thursday, March 30, 2023, following conflicts with highway tax collectors known as agberos.
Recall that on Wednesday some commercial bus drivers plying the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway embarked on a protest over alleged extortion.
The protest disrupted economic activities around the Toll-gate area of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway as passengers were seen trekking long distances to their destinations.
After meeting with MC Oluomo, one of the commercial bus drivers who was in attendance, disclosed some of the resolutions made to FIJ.
“MC Oluomo told us Thursday afternoon when we held a meeting with him at the state council that no driver from Oshodi to Tollgate must be compelled to pay illegal agbero taxes anymore.
“We are only to buy two tickets in a day, after which we will not pay anything aside from loading fees.
“The normal ticket sold and approved by the Lagos State Park Management is just N800.
“He said those extra taxes imposed at Iyana Ipaja and Agbado Ijaiye were no longer valid. We can either buy our daily tickets in Oshodi or Tollgate, and either will be recognised.
“Afterwards, we will buy the council ticket and booking for security, which is about N500.”
He stated that MC Oluomo has mandated that no driver should be made to buy tickets on Saturdays and Sundays.
He added that MC Oluomo also donated N1 million to those who were injured during the attack on protesting drivers.