Many stranded as Yola tricycle riders protest multiple charges

Operators of commercial tricycles popularly known as Keke NAPEP in Adamawa State yesterday in Yola, the state capital, protested alleged multiple taxes.

The operators blocked streets around the busy business hub called Jimeta, in Yola North Local Government Area for many hours. The protesters caused a buildup of vehicular traffic and forced other road users to divert routes. Many shop owners had to shut down for fear of possible attacks.

One of the tricycle operators, Yunus Abu said: “We pay all sorts of charges every day.

Another operator and one of the leaders of the tricycle riders Mohammed Galadima said: “We pay N100 in the morning and by noon, they ask you to pay another N100.”

Mohammed added: “More worrisome is that if you ride into Yola South from Yola North, you pay money even when you can hardly differentiate between the two local government areas.

“Apart from this amount, we also pay N6, 500 every year to the state government through the Ministry of Transportation.”

The tricycle riders disrupted movements on Atiku Abubakar Way.

One of the protesters, David Samuel, said this was because Governor Ahmadu Fintiri was scheduled to pass that way for the inauguration of a newly reconstructed road.

“We blocked this road because we leant that the governor will pass through this road today (yesterday). This is the only way the governor will not only know about our complaint but also see us and help us to address this problem,” David said.


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