Anambra: Keke operators ground Onitsha over extortion by touts

Business activities were grounded in Onitsha and environs Wednesday as tricycle (Keke) operators took to the major roads against N300 extorting by touts.

No fewer than 200 of the operators converged at DMGS round-about at about 9am to protest the extort thereby causing severe traffic gridlock along the ever-busy Awka road, Oguta, Enugu and Upper New market roads.

A tricycle operator who simply identified himself as John, stated that Government deliberately wanted to frustrate them in a bid to generate money to turn Anambra to Dubai.

“You can’t turn the State to Dubai by making your people to Suffer untold hardship. Governor Soludo has not allowed us to rest since he assumed office as Governor. He should learn from his successors by sacking the touts he earlier sacked and they returned.

“How can we pay #4,000 in a week and also pay #300 to touts  per pit, where do we get the money from. We voted for him to curtail our problem but he is worsening it,” he stated.

Also reacting, another operator who pleaded annonimity stated that they could not make it, warning that more protests would be held if nothing was done after the protest to stop the touts from extorting us.

“We will continue the protest if after today Governor Soludo did not listen to us by sacking them because of the extortion. They did same thing for loading and off loading by articulated vehicles and traders are complaining.

“We grounded Onitsha and environs for Government to listen to us but they pretend not to know what we are asking for. Must he task us to get money to develop the State. We are disappointed in him because we never expected he will allow us to suffer by allowing touts to return and extort us, we pay each pit #300 and then #4000 per week to State Government,” he said.

Meanwhile, drivers of both private and commercials buses diverted to other routes as the protest caused heavy traffic gridlock in most adjoining roads/streets.

Traders and civil servants could not be able to get to their work places on time as the protest lasted up to six hours even as no security personnel were seen during the protest. 

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