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The Flicthers Association in Ondo Assert, on Monday, protested the alleged illegal extortion, molestation and coercion by the Ogun Assert Income companies.
The protesters, who blocked the ever-busy Lagos/Benin Boulevard at Ajebamide quandary, a border neighborhood in Odigbo Native Council Assert of Ondo Assert, hindered the free circulation of traffic bound for about 40 minutes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the protesters carried completely different placards with inscriptions: “Stop Unlawful Series of N50,000 only from Our Individuals at Atoyo Junction”, ” Abiodun, Call Your Folk to Expose”, “Stop Unlawful Ticketing on the Freeway” and “Unlawful Ticketing by Ogun Assert Govt. at Atoyo Junction”.
Leading the mumble, Comrade Mayegun Oloruntobi expressed the affiliation’s grievances towards Ogun earnings companies, which he described as inhumane.
“The authorities of Ondo Assert has created jobs by giving the affiliation permission to work in forests in the order.
“But it absolutely became once disheartening that the Ogun Govt. would stiffen the affiliation’s job of livelihood through a gigantic series of and pointless ticketing whereas transporting their logs to Ogun Assert.
” We are Flitchers’ Association in Ondo Assert and we pay to the authorities in Ondo Assert. Our authorities has created a job through timber work so as that we are able to not be jobless.
” The authorities has accomplished this for us through our natural sources but anytime we corrupt our vehicles with goods to Ogun Assert, the order will bring illegal designate fee 50,000 whereas we only pay N7,000 to Ondo Assert Government.
“And if we are able to’t pay, they’re going to impound our vehicles and recall them to Abeokuta and rely upon us to pay N2 million, ” he mentioned.
He appealed to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo Assert to intervene in the topic within seven days so as that it might perchance perchance not degenerate into the disaster.
Additionally, Mr Sunday Aro, the order’s Secretary of the affiliation, explained that every person makes an strive to pick out the topic with the Ogun Assert Government had proved abortive.
” All our efforts were to no avail. Closing week, we met the Ogun Assert earnings companies but nothing became once accomplished,” he acknowledged.
Aro enjoined all stakeholders and authorities to wade into the topic, including that the affiliation has offered jobs to no fewer than 10,000 employees in Ondo Assert.
” We need authorities to intervene within seven days. We now acquire some evidence on our participants which were molested and stressed including some of our girls raped.
” This isn’t accomplished anyplace. At Management Put up in Ondo Assert, you pay only N7,000.
“We now acquire written petition to Ogun Assert Commissioner of Police, the order Commissioner for Natural Sources, the order Attorney Traditional on legend of we don’t must recall the laws into our hands,” he mentioned.
Reacting to the construction, Chief Alex Ajipe, the Marketing and marketing consultant to the Ondo Assert Ministry of Natural Sources on Income, acknowledged that the authorities had confirmed the alleged extortion especially at Atoyo on the motorway.
Ajipe eminent that completely different forms of money were being peaceable with out any basis, describing the action as barbaric on the Federal Government boulevard.
Fixed with him, folks must be allowed to ply the boulevard with out disturbance, having accomplished the correct thing.
He explained that although the Ogun Assert Government claimed lack of expertise of the extortion, completely different receipts issued bore the order’s logo and name.
Ajipe appealed to the affiliation not to recall the laws into its hands but allow for extra dialogue.
H also urged Ogun Assert Government to verify that sanctity became once maintained.