Commuters in Lagos State, around Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, have been left stranded and unable to commute as commercial yellow bus drivers popularly referred to as “Danfo driver” as stop working and go on protest.
It is gathered that some operatives of the Lagos State Task Force had earlier stormed the Abule-Egba and Ijaiye areas of the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of the Lagos state. It was noted that the task force officials were out on an enforcement raid when they were touted during their operations by some unknown persons leading to a confrontation between the task force officers and members of the NURTW.
It was reported that the task force operatives shot at an NURTW worker and allegedly shot down 2 other bus park hoodlums. The confrontation is believed to have caused a scarcity of commercial transportation as NURTW workers, commuters, traders in the areas scampered for safety.
The chairman of the task force, Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed the incident but denied that his men gunned down any of the hoodlums.
“Some hoodlums came in three buses to attack some of our men and we faced them. “We got the information from the National Union of Road Transport Workers and our men confronted the hoodlums. “We have also arrested them and they are in our custody.”
Meanwhile, commuters were seen in their droves trekking to their destinations as danfo drivers refused to operate after the incident.
A commuter, Lanre Obabiyi, told a Punch Newspaper correspondent that he started trekking from the Abule-Taylor Bus Stop and heading towards Salolo in Meiran.
He said, “I was so scared when I heard the gunshots that I had to run inside a bank at the bus stop. Other people also ran inside. We were all there for about 20 minutes before we came out. Right now, I started trekking from Abule-Taylor Bus Stop heading to Salolo in Meiran.”
Another commuter, Esther Bajulaye, said, “I have been trekking from Abule-Egba and I am still going to Tollgate. This is causing unbearable pain and discomfort for commuters. The task force and the drivers should sort out whatever issues they have with each other.
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