Commuters stranded in Lagos, as ‘Danfo’ drivers withdraw services over extortion by task force officials
Several commuters had to trek long distances to their destinations in the early hours of Tuesday, following protest embarked on by drivers of commercial buses, popularly called Danfo, along Iyana-Ipaja, Ikotun Road and environs in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, over alleged extortion by men of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force).
Recall that there was a similar situation last year, precisely September 1, 2020, when commuters were left stranded.
The current situation also left commuters stranded as the drivers withdrew their buses from operating, forcing commuters to resort to trekking, while recalcitrant drivers were prevented from operating by transport union members.
Meanwhile, commercial tricycle operators and motorcyclists, popularly called Keke Marwa and Okoda, respectively, seized the opportunity to make brisk business, hiking the transport fares because of the large number of passengers at bus stops.
The Danfo drivers were protesting alleged daily seizure of their buses and extortion by officials of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) over frivolous traffic rules violation.