N10, 000 tax saga: Truck drivers block Abuja-Lokoja-Okenne road


N10, 000 tax saga: Truck drivers block Abuja-Lokoja-Okenne road

Gradual motion of vehicular site visitors returned to the Abuja-Lokoja-Okenne Expressway in Kogi State, on Monday, after it was blocked for greater than eight hours by protesting truck drivers.

The drivers had been protesting what they described as exorbitant taxes by the Kogi State Board of Inside Income Service.

The truck drivers blocked the highway to protest what they described as a hundred per cent hike in tax.

It was gathered that the truck drivers had arrived the NATACO space in Lokoja as early as 7am to embark on the protest.

The protesting truck drivers urged the Kogi State Authorities to revert to the outdated charge of N5,000.

A driver, who recognized himself as Oseni, mentioned that the state authorities had subjected them to untold hardship with the newest tax.

The highway, which serves as one of many main hyperlinks between the North and South, was blocked for about eight hours by the truck drivers.

The protest induced a heavy site visitors jam because the truck drivers utterly stopped vehicular motion on the street.

One of many motorists trapped within the gridlock, Mr. Isaac Ighure, stated that he had remained on the identical spot on the street for over three hours.

Ighure described the event as unhealthy for the state and the nation, particularly when it was taking place a couple of days to Christmas.

Based on the state Commissioner of police, Mr. Abdulahi Chafe, the drivers and different stakeholders will meet on December 21, 2016 to discover a lasting resolution to the issue.

The protest led to a complete blockage of the key freeway for hours, thereby, inflicting critical pains on passengers coming to and from the northern and southern components of the nation.

The drivers ultimately referred to as off their protest after a gathering with the officers of the board and the state commissioner of police.

The state FRSC Sector Commander, Mr. Abayomi Omiyale, mentioned that site visitors movement on the highway had been restored.

He appealed to drivers to be affected person and to not resort to dashing due to the lengthy delay.

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