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Tricycle owners battle for control of Lagos parks

31 July 2014, 17:36

Lagos - An organization representing tricycle owners has alleged a plot by a rival group to illegally take over parks in the Lagos State.

The Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN) Chairman, Joseph Odusanya, said there was thus an urgent need to alert the Lagos State Government on the plans by some “unscrupulous people to create serious pandemonium and anarchy at tricycle parks in the state.”

He alleged that a “strange” association known as Tricycle Owners and Drivers Association of  Lagos State (TODAL), led by the State Caretaker Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association on Nigeria (RTEAN), Mohammed Musa, had already forcefully taken over TOOAN parks in Iba and Oto-Awori, as well as Ojo Local Government Area.

“As law abiding citizens of Nigeria we have instructed our members to be calm and avoid any violent confrontation despite the unwarranted provocations. They have continued to threaten our lives and intimidate us with a particular police officer who claimed to be a brother to the outgoing Inspector General of police, Muhammed Abubakar,” alleged Odusanya as he addressed journalists in Lagos.

He added, “The state Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa in response to our petition, coupled with the state government’s zero tolerance for violence had written the State Commissioner of  Police, Umar Manko, confirming our association which is an affiliate of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW as the one recognized  by the state government.”

Tricycles popularly called Keke NAPEP, are becoming a major means of transportation in the state. They have have become a reliable shuttle due to the ever present gridlock on Lagos roads.

– CAJ News

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