Commuters stranded as danfo drivers protest in Lagos
Commuters were left stranded on Wednesday afternoon along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway as commercial bus drivers known as Danfo halted the operation and went on protest.
According to Punch Newspaper, some operatives of the Lagos State Task Force had earlier stormed the Abule-Egba and Ijaiye areas in the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state.
The task force officers were said to have been on enforcement duty when some unknown persons confronted them with dangerous weapons.
The task force operatives shot at the hoodlums suspected to be transport workers and allegedly gunned down two of the hoodlums.
This lead to confrontation and scare as commuters and traders in the areas scampered for safety.
The chairman of the task force, Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed the incident but denied that his men gunned down any of the hoodlums.
He said, “Some hoodlums came in three buses to attack some of our men, and we faced them.
“We got the information from the National Union of Road Transport Workers, and our men confronted the hoodlums.
We have also arrested them, and they are in our custody.”
After this, danfo drivers refused to operate making commuters trek to their different destinations.
One of the commuters among those that were trekking Lanre Obabiyi, said he started trekking from the Abule-Taylor Bus Stop and heading towards Salolo in Meiran.
“I was so scared when I heard the gunshots that I had to run inside a bank at the bus stop. Other people also ran inside. We were all there for about 20 minutes before we came out. Right now, I started trekking from Abule-Taylor Bus Stop heading to Salolo in Meiran.”
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