By Godfrey Bivbere
I NVESTIGATION by Vanguard Maritime Report has revealed that the high-level extortion experienced when Naval personnel controlled the particular traffic at the Mile2 inward Apapa end of typically the Apapa/Oshodi expressway, has returned in full swing.
On the spot findings also show that tanker drivers make payment to street urchins (thugs) identified as proxies of the security agents in the foot of this bridge from Badagry back to the inside Apapa where the motorists are expected to park before approaching the toll point that will security agents are stationed.
For parking along the highway before the checkpoint, the individuals pay N2, 000 to the urchins before going to negotiate for passage into the Mile2-Wharf-Tank Farm stretch from the road. Drivers are expected to pay at every security point before getting to often the terminal operators.
There are usually proxies from the various checkpoints of which negotiate for the security brokers and traffic officials. Following observations and discussions with some drivers plus roadside hawkers, Vanguard Ocean going Report gathered that from the first gate, a driver (some of them are accompanied by the truck owners or supervisors) pays between N10, 000 in addition to N20, 000 in the checkpoint on the Mile2 overhead bridge, and another payment with the feet of your bridge leading to Berger Suya. Payments are made at several other points on the road to the Wharf or yards of the exact shipping terminals.
Recalled that Vanguard Maritime Report had exclusively reported that pickup truck drivers experienced complained the fact that they paid up in order to a total of about N150, 500 as a bribe to protection agents posted to control visitors between Mile 2 and even Tin can Second Gate to be allowed passage whenever Naval officials were published to manage the very traffic. In an exclusive chat with Vanguard Maritime Report in Lagos, a vehicle manager, Ikechukwu Amago, had listed between 10 and12 safety checkpoints between Mile a couple of and Tin can Second gate exactly where each pick up truck was anticipated to part with some amount of money before being allowed passing.
He said the amount ranges through N10, 1000 to N20, 000 on each safety measures checkpoint. Vanguard Maritime Report’s investigation revealed that there usually are cases wherever truck owners are given an account number to deposit the quantity for all the stability checkpoints coming from where such monies will be then wired to each gate.
On several occasions, Vanguard Maritime Report got seen trucks escorted simply by military men on motorbikes ( Okada ) through each checkpoint. At each of these checkpoints, there happen to be civilian accomplices who take records associated with each truck or van that gets access through the security stage.
A source close to the leadership in the Association of Historic Truck Owners, AMATO, who spoke to Vanguard Maritime Report on the record-keeping explained which will at the end of each day this kind of records help them to reconcile and determine the sharing formula. The source revealed which usually each security and safety checkpoint makes between N1. 5 million and N3 million daily with articulated vehicle drivers who pay among N10, thousand and N20, 000 becoming the ones that get express passageway. The origin stated that there were others who followed a queue together with parted with between N500 and N2, 000.
He further disclosed that the street becomes blocked most of the time because in their attempt to meet the financial targets, the basic safety agents work out and pilot too many vehicles across too many checkpoints, resulting in the congestion with the roads.