Vanguard (Lagos)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Truck Owners Protest Restriction Order in Abeokuta

Abeokuta — PARTS of Abeokuta the Ogun State capital, were paralyzed, yesterday, by hundreds of aggrieved members of the Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, TOAN, protesting the restriction order placed on the movement of their trucks and trailers by the state government.

The protesters caused traffic gridlock along the popular Abiola Way in the metropolis where the TOAN secretariat is located and other major roads.

Armed policemen were deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

TOAN members who were joined by other related groups such as Association of Granite Suppliers and Haulers, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (Heavy Truck Section) and the First Nigeria Tipper and Lorry Drivers Association, vowed to resist the restriction order.

The protesters who demanded the release of 13 trucks belonging to members allegedly seized by the agents of the state government, chanted anti-government songs.

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