ASSOCIATION of luxury bus owners (ALBON) has warned the federal Government to dismantle road blocks mounted by producing toll collectors in Ebonyi and Benue, even as the association has threatened to withdraw their vehicles from the roads or block the highways with their buses.
The association’s task force chairman in Anambra, Uchenna Maduako in a statement, said that it had given the federal government two weeks to do so.
He noted that they always block the roads, wielding weapons to attack drivers and passengers. He stated that last year, they beat drivers, smashed their windscreens and even robbed them.
According to him, “Army, Police and produce toll collectors disturb us a lot, causing hold up. A journey of four hours takes us about eight hours. The problem is not the money involved but the delay and the molestation of our drivers. We are calling on the government to come to intervene and call them to order.
“We normally pay our revenue at the parks but they insist we must pay them on the roads. They continue to demand from N2,000 and above.
“We can’t continue to be intimidated. Let government protect our rights or else, we will continue to protest after the expiration of two weeks”.
He noted that the drivers contributed money to provide police escorts and wondered when it will end.
“Sometimes because of these people, we go on convey and with police escorts. There was the fear of armed robbers and now the fear of produce toll collectors.