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Commercial motorcyclists on Thursday thronged Abeokuta, in Ogun State to protest alleged undue extortion by the government.
The motorcyclists, also known as Okada riders, defied the COVID-19 social distancing order as they came out in their hundreds to kick against “incessant hike in the cost of tickets”, which they are made to procure daily before being allowed to operate.
It was gathered that the angry Okada riders, as early as 9am barricaded the Ake-Aadatan road, causing heavy traffic gridlock in the area.
They had marched to the Abeokuta South Local Government Secretariat, seeking the attention of its officials.
They were also seen carrying placards with different inscriptions, to emphasise their complaints.
Among many of their agitations is the increase in the cost of daily tickets from N350 to N500 by the state government, in collaboration with the local government.
According to them, the Ogun State government also increased the number of bike riders unions in the state to three, stressing that each of the unions charges N2,000 weekly.
One of the protesters, Samuel Odeyemi, who spoke with DAILY POST, said, “We are not fighting the government. What we want is they should stop extorting us by increasing the cost of tickets all the time. This government increased the ticket to N350 a few months ago, and now, after COVID-19 lockdown, they increased it to N500. Why the insensitivity?