Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Road Block Extortion: Truckers drag FG, states to court

Long-haul drivers are fighting back against years of extortion by security agents.

• September 23, 2020
Trucks
Trucks (Photo Credit: Vanguard News)

Nigerian truck drivers have filed a lawsuit at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to compel attorney-general Abubakar Malami to stop road blocks and collection of tax, levies or fees from their members.

In a suit filed Tuesday morning, the drivers said the court should compel all 36 states and the FCT to stop similar activities in their jurisdiction. All 774 local government areas were also listed as respondents, NAN reported.

The drivers said the court to determine whether by the provisions of items 59, 62(a) and 63 of Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution and Sections 2 (2) and 3 of the Taxes and Levies  Act, the states and local governments have powers to mount road blocks to impose taxes. 

The truck drivers attached newspaper publications which decried their extortion and harassment on the road. 

The lawsuit followed widespread observation by economists and other experts that the rising cost of food and commodities across the country could be directly linked to the illicit activities of agents of the three tiers. 

Federal and state authorities have acknowledged the crisis in the past, but promises to address it in order to drive down the cost of food have not been fulfilled.

Both state and federal authorities have the power to make laws governing road use, but it was unclear whether wanton imposition of taxes against long-haul truckers and other commercial drivers is covered.

No date was immediately fixed for hearing. 

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu

NationWide

Attacks on our facilities won’t stop 2023 elections: INEC

INEC said it would replace election materials that were lost in the attacks ahead of 2023.

Bruno Fernandez celebrates goal against Uruguay

Sport

Qatar 2022: Manchester United duo send Portugal, Brazil to World Cup round of 16

Manchester United duo of Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro netted the winners in both important fixtures.

Nasiru Idris

Politics

2023: I’ll establish ministry to tackle political thuggery, APC guber candidate says

Nasiru Idris said the ministry would also be mandated to fish out drug addicts across Kebbi.

Elon Musk

Hot news Home top

Apple wants to remove Twitter from its store: Elon Musk

Mr Musk also claims that Apple has suspended majority of its advertisements on Twitter.

Sport

National Sports Festival: 14,000 athletes to compete for medals in Asaba

The 36 states and the FCT will be competing in over 30 different sports in the festival.

Nigeria Exchange (NGX)

Economy

NGX: Investors lose N64 billion in bearish trading

The downturn was due to sell-offs in tier-one banks and industrial stocks such as Zenith Bank, Stanbic Bank and BUA Cement.