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Lagos Transporters Decry Extortion and Harassment by OP MESA Officers

Motorcycle and tricycle operators in Lagos State are expressing frustration over the actions of Operation MESA joint security officers stationed around their parks in Isheri, Idimu, and Ikotun areas of Alimosho Local Government Area. They accuse the military officers of extortion and harassment, alleging that they forcefully collect money from them.


According to the transport workers interviewed by PUNCH Metro on Wednesday, the OP MESA officers arrive at the parks daily in branded pick-up vans, demanding contributions from the operators. They claim that the officers, armed and in uniform, visit the parks both in the morning and evening, collecting sums ranging from a thousand naira upwards.


Tunde, a tricycle rider, stated, “It is time to voice out for the public to know what we are going through. The OP MESA officers are frustrating us. They come here every day and ask us to contribute money to them.”


Samson, another transporter, alleged that the officers resort to violence when money is not provided promptly, recounting incidents of assault on transport workers during their visits to the parks. He mentioned instances where tricycle riders were beaten and their vehicles damaged for being unable to pay.


Adding to the complaints, an anonymous motorcycle rider revealed that the officers sometimes disguise their activities by hiring motorcycles to carry out the extortion, parking their vans at a distance.


The transporters are calling on military authorities to investigate the alleged misconduct and take necessary action to prevent further escalation of the situation.


“We want the military authorities to look into our situation and call their men to order before it results in a confrontation that will lead to public disorder,” said Usman, a tricyclist.


Efforts to reach the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Olabisi Ayeni, for comment were unsuccessful at the time of reporting.


The incidents of extortion and harassment by security personnel against transport workers are reminiscent of past cases, including extrajudicial killings. Such incidents highlight the need for accountability and oversight within security agencies to ensure the protection of citizens’ rights and safety.





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