Socio-economic activities were temporarily disrupted at Erhunmwunse Motor part in Benin, following a protest by drivers plying the route who expressed displeasure over the alleged illegal extortion of money and molestation by youths in the area.
Speaking with the news crew, the drivers said trouble started over a year ago when some youths of the community came up with some form of levy for the drivers plying the route, stressing that since then, they have been subjected to series of molestation and injuries inflicted on them.
The drivers however said they will not ply the route again until appropriate authorities address the issue.
A driver who was allegedly beaten by youths of the area is currently receiving treatment in a nearby home in the community.
Commenting on the issue, Edo State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Victor Enoghama said “no individual has the right to impose any form of levy on drivers since the state government has banned all forms of levies at motor parks” he added that such issue of illegal extortion and molestation should be reported to the police.
Commercial activities have been grounded for days now in Erhunmwunse Motor Park.
Reported by: Patience Osarogiuwa