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NARTO members allege extortion at port

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Members of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), yesterday, protested against alleged extortion by the police, LASTMA officials and other security agencies, who they accused of making life difficult for members through arrest of drivers carrying out their legal business at the port.

NARTO members, who yesterday carried placards with inscriptions, “Special Adviser to Governor on Transport Must Go”; “Nigerian Ports Authority Acting MD Must Go,” among others, expressed displeasure over the hardship they face daily at the port even when the Lagos State Government set up a committee to end gridlock, adding that the deployment of the state special adviser on transport made matter worse.

Speaking at the protest yesterday, the state’s NARTO Task Force Chairman, Hassan Adekoya, who spoke on behalf of NARTO state Chairman, Alhaji Kayode Odunowo, said the committee set up by the Lagos State Government to replace the presidential task force never showed any sincerity despite NAHCO’s advice on how to end the mayhem.

Also, Chairman of NARTO, Apapa Unit, Wale Oladeinde, said the protest by members became necessary for the authorities to know what members were facing as a result of the mass-scale extortion by NPA officials and others.

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