- 1,000 tipper drivers in Anambra on Tuesday, February 18 blocked the Onitsha-Enugu expressway
- The drivers were protesting the alleged imposition of taxes, intimidation and violation of court judgement by agents of the state government
- The situation made commuters suffer hectic time at Onitsha as security agents battled in vain to appease the protesters
A report by The Nation indicates that no fewer than 1,000 tipper drivers in Anambra on Tuesday, February 18 blocked the Onitsha-Enugu expressway, protesting the alleged imposition of taxes, intimidation and violation of court judgement by agents of the state government.
According to the report, the situation made commuters suffer hectic time at Onitsha as security agents battled in vain to appease the protesters who protested under the aegis of Animo Tipper Drivers’ Association of Nigeria.
They also carried placards bearing different inscriptions like “Governor Obiano rescue us from the hands of illegal agents of government”, “we want to take care of our business without interference,” “respect court judgements” among others.
They said they decided to adopt the peaceful demonstration since the government was yet to address their grievances despite various appeals, correspondences and visitations to decision-makers.
The Anambra government allegedly tax them N700 and N1400 per a trip, while it was N100 and N200 during former governor Peter Obi's tenure.
The tipper drivers had earlier approached a Federal High court sitting in Awka in a suit number FHC/AWK/CS/104/2017.
The court in its ruling, held that the Anambra state government had no right to make laws or rules, formulate policies and impose taxes or levies.
Addressing journalists during the protest, Comrade Emmanuel Ezeokafor, the coordinator of the association, alleged that the state government neither obeyed nor appeal the judgment since 2018.
He said the drivers had on several occasion, sought audience with the governor but all was in vain.
Meanwhile, the massive protests in Owerri, the Imo state capital has continued after the controversial verdict by the Supreme Court ousting Emeka Ihedioha as the governor.
Since the apex court's verdict, residents of the state have trooped out almost on a daily basis protesting what they say is an injustice to Ihedioha and the people of Imo.
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